Hip-ometer Rating ~ 8.6
Zincs - "Dimmer" This band is the vehicle for a man named Jim Elkington who is purportedly a former member of "noted" acts such as Sophia and Elevate. I again have never heard of these bands, but I did manage to hear a clip from this and something about his pained baritone prompted me to buy it. (well, that plus I found it used for like $4 helped too) Musically this is a mixed bag with some mixed results as well but it would be fair and safe to say it is mellow guitar with light accompaniment and in truth his voice is what really carries the music. There are a few tracks on here where he actually seems to be trying to make a pop song, such as Beautiful Lawyers and they are quite special as they are that rare breed of pop classic, the half asleep yet driving (and drifting) pop ditty. The problem is there are only 2 such tracks like that on here. Of what's left sixty percent is passable and sometimes worth getting worked up about, the rest being a bit of a drag with the odd moment of it being close to the music you want playing when they find you swinging from a rope in the attic. (Note: that is actually a plus for some people) It really comes down to whether you like his dark tremulations and the swinging between the swing lounge nature of some of the songs and the dirge like quality of the others. If so, you'll probably dig this, if not you'll start digging to bury it. For me, it's fodder for comp discs.
Label ~ Thrill Jockey, 10 Tracks, 2005