Wax Tailor – Hope & Sorrow

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How’s everyone doing this morning?  I know I got up early enough to pack a lunch, punch in 3 minutes early and make a coworker apologize to me already (she asserted her belief that I MUST have had brothers and sisters that I annoyed and that I was annoyed by when she was on one of her tangents and I promptly told her that I was an only child.  She apologized like being an only child was the worst thing in the world.  I assured her, it was ok) so that’s my morning accomplished.

I’ve been asked to (TEMPORARILY, of course) resume my duties of sending out the Pick of The Day while Mike is off gallivanting.  This morning the pick is

Wax Tailor-Hope & Sorrow:

The Ear Candy: http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/Wax+Tailor+Hope+and+Sorrow/65237924

The Brain Candy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_%26_Sorrow

And PLEASE don’t make me send INDIVIDUAL reminder emails about getting in you picks (Josh and Paul)  if they’re not done, I’ll do them for you, which really only gives you a 40% chance of getting a fresh rating this season.

While you’re at it, you might want to help this person with a Yahoo Answer:

– Marissa


Wax Tailor-Hope & Sorrow:

Preconceptions: French hipwhowhatnow? This is going to be an arduous slog.

After Listening: Arduous slog it was not.

Bon: The Way We Lived, The Tune, That Case
Merde: Once Upon a Past

Overall: The effective use of film dialog as lyrics makes this stand out (and is more than a little reminiscent of early Prince Paul). The guest vocals are less interesting and make me want to skip ahead. The lush music is gorgeous, even if I suspect there may be inappropriate oboe use buried in some tracks. It feels like the score of a lost Hepburn & O’Toole comedy.

Rating: 4.5


Wax Tailor – Hope & Sorrow

This was one of my extra recommends, not because I don’t love it, but because I had made a list and sent it to MK47 before I realized this wasn’t on it. I am a big fan of artists sampling from multiple genres, and completely dig that it pulls from old movies and weaves it into the beat.

After Listening:
I actually played this during a drive on 34 on Christmas Day to get to Seth’s for festivities. It’s creepy as all get up when you have no idea where you are and are listening to the way these run into each other.

Favorite track/tracks:
The Way We Lived – The chorus just makes me think of the vintage Bond opening songs. It’s part lounge, part burlesque and is tied together by a powerful set of pipes.
Positively Inclined – Crazy upbeat arrangement and flute inserts. Fantastic. Also, an Einstein reference.
House of Wax – Such a great sample. Baby hiccups and I’m still listening.

Least favorite track/tracks:
I enjoy them all.

Overall (1-5 stars):   5


The weird one with the movie clips, it was different, and sometimes thats enough – 4

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