Someone Else's Deja Vu. Son, Ambulance.
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Joe Knapp, the force behind Son, Ambulance, is often overshadowed by fellow Saddle Creek bands Bright Eyes and Cursive.
Despite the horrible cover, Son, Ambulance's latest CD is an ambitious and satisfying full-length that should win over fans of those labelmates. Knapp kicks off with the tropicala-lite Girl from Ipanema, er, New York City before diving into the most impressive song -- Lizard of Lizeth. Over 6:18, Knapp runs the map from Paul Simon-like soft rock to a very Pink Floydish conclusion.
The rest of Deja Vu careens from soft folk to uniquely-arranged ballads. It's a project that rewards repeated listens.
But you have to admit. That is one awful album cover.