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A Eulogy for Peter Walker

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Eulogies
Eulogies
Dangerbird Records
Release Date: 09/11/07

Peter Walker did the right thing when he decided to ditch the solo career for his band Eulogies. For some reason or another, his solo career didn't interest me, but Eulogies' self-titled 2007 release has proven otherwise. The new album is a striking and addictive indie rock endeavor, the antithesis of Walker's previous Wilco-compared work.

Eulogies is built upon deceivingly poppy premise. The band name, lyrical content, and overall tone is piteous yet the songs are presented in a generally upbeat, indie manner. After a brief moment of ambient instrumentals, Walker dives into straightforward, palm-muted chords on "One Man". All of the sudden, I'm enraptured by a glorious verse to chorus segue. The resulting shaker-driven, pop rock chorus seizes my brain and I almost overlook Walker's overburdened tone: "I'm only one man, I'm only one man". The bleak statement encapsulates being pulled at from every direction.

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The subsequent track entitled "Suicide" further solidifies my case. Upon reading the song title you may have imagined a gloomy, slow-paced downer, when in fact what you get is one of the most rocking, upbeat songs on the album. On "Suicide" we see a progression of doo doo's, Walker wailing over wide-open distorted chords, and a clap-happy, solo-infused rock and roll interlude. Eulogies throws all sorts of curve balls down your way.

Eulogies - "One Man"