Don’t waste such apparently killer shit on Andrew W.K., man. The only songs you’ll listen to more than once: “Girls Like Status,” a Hold Steady B-side; “Book Worm Resin” by Brass Castle; “I Want Candy” by MC Chris. Ironically, the funniest (and actually best) song here is Mastodon’s “Cut You Up With a Linoleum Knife,” but listening before you see the movie will spoil the film’s funniest scene.
“Handle With Care” is a powerful-ass song. Through his verse for the cover version on Jenny Lewis’ solo album, Conor Oberst has absorbed the essence of Tom Petty. Not Damn the Torpedoes Petty, but maybe Wildflowers Petty.
2005’s I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning was Oberst recovering the Next Gram Parsons title Ryan Adams left at rehab. But with Cassadaga, it’s Jackson Browne who needs to watch his ass.
The recent semi-sweet Four Winds EP was not sufficient notice for taming the tremor in Oberst’s voice. I mean digging AM gold’s one thing, but he’s like bordering on actually going back in time here. At one point (“Make a Plan to Love Me”) he joins what have to be Nashville backup singers who were cryogenically frozen after recording a Charlie Rich single, and the combo overshoots ’70s yacht rock to the point of encroaching on Lawrence Welk’s turf.