Piebald - "All Ears, All
Eyes, All The Time"
Wow, really, I've never been so happy to have a release drop into my
lap as I have been with this one. Piebald is going to break big with
this record. They've got the label with the distribution, they've been
playing tours with Brand New and Thrice and, most importantly, they've
managed to trump their previous release, We Are the Only Friends
That We Have.
As great an album as that was, All Ears, All Eyes, All The Time
takes all the elements of that disc and manages to make them work
together in a nearly seamless fashion. The guitar work is superb, the
vocals haven't suffered any from Travis' throat surgery last year, and
the band makes greater use of the keyboard to great effect. There's an
infectious sound to All Ears, All Eyes, All The Time that
demonstrates that Piebald has made the release that may break them into
Coming out as it does in the middle of spring may have something to do
with loving it as I do. This is going to be the soundtrack to my
summer, as well as any indie kid's. The songs are all sing-alongs, and
I can see the various interludes working their way into the middle of
many a mix cd in the coming year.
If "Haven't Tried It" doesn't work its way into rotation on radio, I'll
be surprised as anything. That song, with saloon piano and bouncing
rhythm, is the perfect piano-pop song that Ben Folds wishes he could
have written. "The Jealous Guy Blues" is longing exemplified, and the
chorus is plaintive and longing, without dropping into Dashboard
Frankly, I could go on and on until I'm simply ecjaculating praise
through my keyboard, but it all boils down to the fact that this is the
best pop/rock/indie release that will come out this year. Buy it, love
it, rock it. E-mail Piebald and thank them for making your life better.