March 6th, 2010


CD-a-Day: Best Cover Ever! Edition

Bright Eyes: Cassadaga

The opening track is so Yankee Hotel Foxtrot that it's hard not to love. An orchestra tunes while a telephone fortune-teller makes nonsense statements about travel and finding...something. Track 2 is a catchy violin driven number, probably one of my favorite tracks to drive through the mountains to. And then, it kinda breaks down into overthought hum-drum. The album is worth a listen, but nothing until the closer really sinks it's teeth in like the first two songs. Unlike Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which is strong start to finish.

The CD cover, on the other hand, is the coolest thing ever. Appearing at first to be like the static snow a TV would show when there was no on-air signal, when you open the case, a small lenticular-lense viewer is included, labeled the "spectral decoder". When you move it over the cover, images pop out of islands and planets and a's all rather cool and suitably mysterious. Certainly makes owning the CD something special, apart from the solid songs, if generally bland in the middle.

Cassadaga, it turns out, is an unincorporated town in Florida which is filled to the brim with psychics. Google the name, and you'll get a ton of weird return. Side question: Why don't psychics predict the cure for cancer, and handle that?