Chris Buck
Leah Greenblatt
January 11, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Distortion

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rev Run
Producers
Def Jam
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it an A-

Stephin Merritt, the wry, sonorous bard of downtown New York, has made yet another lovely contradiction of an album, Distortion, both wintry and lush, buoyant and black-hearted. Poetic sentiments like ”Sober life is a prison/S—faced it is a blessing” (”Too Drunk to Dream”) and ”I want to be a topless waitress/I want my mother to shed one tear” (”The Nun’s Litany”) are wrapped in woolly layers of Pet Sounds swoon and shot through with jangling boy-girl harmonies — the perfect antidote to a season of false cheer and frozen toes. A-
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