- Summary: The fourth album for the indie group from Washington, DC, and Lexington, Kentucky, features Dawn Landes as a guest singer.
- Record Label: United Interests
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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|What Do You Want with My Heart?|
|What do you want with my heart? What do you want with my heart? I’d like to know what your intentions are. What do you want with my heart? Why you...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
The band--also with Justin Craig on guitars and keyboards, J. Tom Hnatow on pedal and lap steel, Colin Kellogg on bass and Robby Cosenza on drums--works on tour enough to have a sound of its own. And that sound, notably sweetened by Mr. Hnatow, levels the field for the songs. Which ends up being good news for Mr. Elliott.
These United States' lead singer Jesse Elliot has a scratchy, affected voice--maybe a super-strung-out Ryan Adams, if you're looking for a point of reference--which makes for a varied listening experience: Sometimes you want it to lead you to the Promised Land ("Just This"), sometimes you just want to make it stop ("Ever Make You Mine").
These United States are trying to transport the listener back to a conversation among a group of weed-smoking flower children circa 1971/1972, but lyrically, they continue to miss the mark and end up sounding pretentious instead. Nonetheless, they do have an appealing sense of melody, and despite this album's shortcomings, one doesn't want to give up on These United States just yet.
|Girly-Sound to Guyville [Box Set] - Liz Phair|
|Cinema [Box Set] - Holger Czukay|
|Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It - Rolo Tomassi|
|Rifles and Rosary Beads - Mary Gauthier|
|A Man I'd Rather Be, (Part 1) [Box Set] - Bert Jansch|
|Roxy: Tonight's the Night Live - Neil Young|
|Dirty Computer - Janelle Monáe|
|Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves|
|Persona - Rival Consoles|
|POST- - Jeff Rosenstock|
|Dirty Pictures, Pt. 2 - Low Cut Connie|
|What News - Alasdair Roberts|
|Twin Fantasy - Car Seat Headrest|
|Microshift - Hookworms|
|Cusp - Alela Diane|
|The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6 [Box Set] - Miles Davis|
|Isolation - Kali Uchis|
|In a Poem Unlimited - U.S. Girls|
|Tracyanne & Danny - Tracyanne & Danny|
|Cocoa Sugar - Young Fathers|