Homespun: The Ottomen, Horses Don't Have Lungs

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In this week's paper, Christian Schaeffer reviews the Ottomen's latest CD, Horses Don't Have Lungs. He has this to say:

It's been a few years since singer and guitarist David Stevenson released a record with his bizarro rock outfit, the Ottomen. However, the band hasn't matured at all in that time: The trio is still obsessed with scary monsters, weirdo nightmares and the occasional heartbreak. Most of these fourteen songs lope along with a spry, punky twang that owes no small debt to the off-the-cuff charm of the Dead Milkmen. Stevenson's droll baritone voice is the center of the Ottomen Universe, like Calvin Johnson on Adderall or Stephin Merritt without the affectations. His voice can be magnetic and engaging, like on the changeling horror-story "Altered Beast," though too often his drawn-out atonality on songs such as "Blackheart the Girl" can burrow like an earwig.

Read the rest here. The band's having its CD release show on Friday, February 26, at the Schlafly Tap Room. The show starts at 9 p.m. and it's free.

MP3: The Ottomen, "Procrastination Nation"

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