La Sera - Music for Listening to Music to

by Jim Harris Rating:4 Release Date:2016-03-04

Katy Goodman’s La Sera put out a solid record previously. Hour of the Dawn, was a cool blast of garage pop-punk that had these wonderful explosions of guitar grunge flourishes all over the place. This album rambled along nicely throughout. The Vivian Girls never put out anything this interesting and coming from the bass player and all, it was a nice progression for Katy.

Speed ahead to Music for Listening to Music to and Katy has married the guitarist, collaborated with him on the songs, recruited Ryan Adams to spend a week producing, and what do you get? A spare, alt-country collection of unmemorable songs that do indeed equal music to listen to music to.

It’s not to say Katy’s new album is a collection of bad songs, but the alt-country genre is a tough one and her nasally, rather flat voice, combined with the instantly forgettable alt-country ramble of the songs, and the fact that Ryan Adams is an over-rated Jeff Tweedy wannabe, well, she’s not Jenny Lewis, her husband’s faux-Bob Dylan duets aren’t exactly Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch, and yes, I don’t care for this album.

Katy should get her pop punk band back together.  The cacophony of bass lines, guitars, and trash beats complimented her limited vocals nicely and the songs exuded a fresh creativity that Katy had her imprint all over.  Her husband and Ryan Adams are being disingenuous in thinking this is the right direction for Katy.  It may be in their interest, but not in the direction La Sera should be taking. (With this lame direction, her husband will probably make her wear longer skirts and convince her they should go acoustic and open for Lucinda Williams next year…Yikes.)

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