The Books, The Lemon Of Pink (Remastered)

Bryce Dessner (The National)

By Bryce Dessner (The National)

on 01.24.11 in Reviews
Don’t take Brian Eno’s word for it…

I agree with Brian Eno that the Books' 2003 album The Lemon of Pink is one of the most exciting records of the last few years. Tracks like "Tokyo" and "That Right Ain't Shit" combine so many influences (folk/bluegrass, contemporary minimalism, cut-up electronica, spoken word) in a seamless and truly original way. Their songs preserve the intimacy of acoustic instruments, and the immediacy and driving energy of pop songs, but transport the listener to a musical world entirely their own. It's all done so perfectly that we forget they ever turned on the sequencer.