michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — SCATTERED TREES

In album review on 07/27/2011 at 10:36 am

Scattered Trees

Sympathy

(Roll Call/EMI)

Death has served as a creative muse as far back as the start of time itself. Check out those drawings primitive man scrawled on cave walls and you’ll see stick figures lying prone as other stick figures mournfully stand above them. Chicago’s Scattered Trees were all but broken up when frontman Nate Eiseland got them back together following the death of his father. Sympathy, the album that came out of Eiseland’s grief, obviously isn’t a celebratory record, but it isn’t necessarily a depressing one either. It’s heart-on-sleeve emotionalism, dripping one cherished memory at a time. Opening with the dirge-like “Bury the Floors,” Sympathy never really picks up speed, even as Scattered Trees move among indie rock, folk rock, and whatever kind of rock goopy bands like the Fray play. Being alive is much more fun. 

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