Sammy the Seal

“No weak heart shall prosper”

In vinyl on Sunday, 27 January, 2013 at 23:23

Song: Hearts Of Oak
Artist: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
Album: Hearts Of Oak

Aww, this song is so positive! It’s a little bit of a departure for them, in that it features disparate elements such as female vocals, maracas, cowbell, and other assorted percussion, but they all conspire to foster a welcoming,  almost (too) fuzzy atmosphere. (The lyrics are a little hokey as well, in my opinion.) Ted’s lively, life-affirming guitar goes without saying, of course. I like a number of his other songs better than this, but it’s just so warm and friendly, like a hug! Sure it has less edge and punch than his best stuff, but a relaxed, hanging-out vibe is nice now and then. (Uh oh, I sense the cloying approach….)

“(She said, she said!)” Bold, unabashed vocal interjections always welcome.


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