Personally when it comes to music, I absolutely love when a lyricist is honest and true in their work. No beating around the bush with their ideals or emotions, just straightforward and honest - with no inhibitions. David Bazan, one of the greatest communicative writers and musician does exactly that. Notorious for his honesty with regards to religion and government, his newest album Strange Negotiations has a crazy mix of both. In his earlier album, Curse Your Branches it was very apparent his central focus was religion. Autobiographical, it was clear he was pissed off with the big guy upstairs. Coming from a Christian background and starting off in a Christian based band, Pedro the Lion, many of his fans were shocked when Curse Your Branches was released in ‘09. Straying from faith he exposed his doubts, anger, and struggle through the tracks on that album. Now looking at Strange Negotiations, there are still the remains of his battles plus his thoughts on government. Unlike his prior album the track Wont Let Go, possibly suggest some form of clarity we haven’t heard much of before. There’s a mix of emotions on this album, and that’s the best part about it. The “all over-ness” makes it sincerely relatable to reality and Bazan wraps it all up with a wonderful rock-n-roll sound.
David Bazan is one of my favorites. This guy is so brilliant, skillfully marrying his thoughts with lyric and sound. Go out and get his newest album Strange Negotiations.
Other Bazan related things to check out:
-Curse Your Branches (Album)
-Fewer Moving Parts (EP)
-Live at the Electric Audio (EP)
-Pedro the Lion (Band)
Give him a listen! http://www.myspace.com/davidbazan