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  • Everything I Long For [Outpost, 1996] B

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Everything I Long For [Outpost, 1996]
If the 24-year-old Desser gets to be Lou Barlow when he grows up, which took Barlow years, he'll look back on most of these self-consciously casual vignettes as bores or embarrassments. He's best on young love, nice-guy style, especially when he and his girlfriend stay in bed all day. But the unnatural effort of extragenerational empathy makes him howl in agony. And if he really didn't know that the Susan Smith murders "were gonna become a huge media thing," he hasn't yet learned the first thing about the impossible border between the private and the public. B B