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Silkworm: Lifestyle [Touch and Go, 2000]
Apropos of nothing except their felt needs as thirtysomething bohos who'd like better jobs and more friends, these former Northwest alt-avantists slog out a bunch of songs about being thirtysomething bohos who'd like better jobs and more friends, which latter is why you can tell what the songs are about. The total integration of their grim yet undepressive sound is epitomized by a cover of the Faces' "Ooh La La," which sounds no more or less melodic, dissonant, or thoughtful than the rest of the bunch. A-