Release Date: Nov 27, 2012
Record label: Joyful Noise
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
There’s nothing to fear for Joan of Arc fans who still wake up sweating from nightmares of The Gap, the iconoclastic band’s torturous and near-continuous song cycle from 2000. While this new Joan of Arc album might have you biting your nails in a bad way, it shouldn’t. “Chaplinesque,” the 15-minutes-plus track that comprises the record’s second side, is not as looming as it seems: it’s actually a rather pleasant jam that is the sole reason for picking up Joan of Arc.
There are few names as revered in the underground Chicago scene as Tim Kinsella. The plethora of releases, under his name or with bands like the now legendary Cap’n Jazz and the mutable lineup-ed Joan of Arc, crowd many a record collection in the city. A good friend used to frequent the Rainbo on fourth-hand word that the guy tended the bar. The latest self-titled Joan of Arc release finds Kinsella’s voice and acoustic unaccompanied, a stark reminder of both his staying power and his cult status.