[midlife 150] #150: the books “enjoy your worries, you may never have them again”

January 28, 2010

The Books/Thought For Food

#150 Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again by The Books (taken from Thought For Food, 2002)

The Books hail from New York but now (according to Wikipedia) reside in Massachusetts, where they continue to craft their singular mix of acoustic cut ‘n’ paste.

This track, from their 2002 debut album, somehow creates real emotional pull from a mosaic of TV/movie samples, guitar and violin snippets along with assorted bumps, rumbles and whines. It’s as if their laptop manipulated sounds using levers, pulleys and pistons rather than silicon and electricity.

Slice-of-life Americana as re-imagined by Eisenstein or Vertov, The Books’ catalogue is well worth reading.

This review is part of close to 94 ‘s [midlife 150] series, which counts down favourite music 1970-2009.


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