The title track is the special one here for it gives you not only Grundle's voice, but it delivers it wrapped in a catchy melody. When you first hear him in that title track, the name John Darnielle is quite likely to float to the surface, there's a near frantic edge to his voice, albeit one that is dulled and sweetened in comparision to Darnielle's agitation. In fact his vocal is an interesting cross between the Mountain Goat and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy. Although this early impression will be washed away by listening to "Dressed For Rain" (you can stream the song on his myspace page linked below) where his voice is sad, confidential, and quietly his and his alone. He is a one man band here on this recording and a definite talent musically, vocally, and lyrically. This is a fantastic song, one of those rare treats that grow in favour the more you hear it.
you and me against the world
If this music moves you, you would do yourself a favour to look into the music of his former band, Catchers.
You And Me Against The World Tracklist (release date - March 21):
1. You and me against the world (acoustic)
2. The lockkeeper's cottage (acoustic)
3. The 22nd house
4. Dressed for rain
5. How long have you waited?
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