|The Long Winters
Putting the Days to Bed
by Katie Sauro
John Roderick’s vocals are as warm and familiar as hot chocolate, pajamas and a blanket on a frigid day, so even though Putting the Days to Bed lacks some of the delightful spark that the Long Winters’ previous two albums reveled in, his comforting voice and lyrical prose are still quite pleasant to listen to. It’s difficult to pinpoint why this album isn’t as immediately brilliant as previous releases. The pop-oriented accessibility is still there. Roderick’s indelible songwriting is still there. But something is missing—or maybe I’m just being overly-critical, expecting too much from such a great talent. “Pushover” is charmingly reminiscent of When I Pretend to Fall, and there are several other songs on the new album that execute perfectly, but there are some major disappointments, such as—I’m sorry, Ashley—“Honest” and “Clouds.” Even the album’s overly-polished version of “Ultimatum” isn’t as good as the one on the previously released EP of the same name.
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