On of the records I've enjoyed of late really took me by surprise, particularly since I'm a bit tired of folk acts, which is all I thought The Weepies were, and yet their second CD, Say I Am You, is a folk-pop delight to listen to, with jangle-pop stylings, some nice major chords (good for pop songs), and very beautiful harmonies.
The Weepies are the duo of Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. I'm sorry I had never heard of them before, but I suspect that if I frequented Boston's Club Passim, I would have heard them play. I won't repeat their bio here; suffice it to say that they mutually admired each other's solo efforts and, meeting one night in Boston, began to write together.
What I appreciate is the sunny music, as so much of folk music is so full of angst and minor themes, so well represented in minor keys. This record is actually buoyant and uplifting musically. Listen carefully to the lyrics, however, as some of that angst or loneliness is still there. There's lost love, as in "World Spins Madly On" ("Woke up and wished that I was dead, with an aching in my head, I lay motionless in bed./ I thought of you and where you'd gone, and let the world go madly on.") Or lack of understanding, as in "Nobody Knows Me At All" ("Very late at night and in the morning light, nobody knows me at all./ Kids and a wife, it's a beautiful life, nobody knows me at all.") There's fleeting love, as in "Love Doesn't Last Too Long" ("I watch the sun go up, I watch the sun go down./ Then I wander around, then I wander around./ It's here, then it's gone. Love doesn't last too long.") It all has a sad, melancholy feel too it, and the best thing they offer is too take a little love and understanding where you find it, because it won't last. Sad but true for many people.
And yet, despite the somewhat sad lyrics, musically the records lifts you. It's an odd thing. I recommend The Weepies, for music and vocals anyway, and for understanding how many twenty-somethings in our world may feel.