Release Date: Mar 21, 2006
Record label: Drag City
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Though it's in keeping with the jammy, appealingly tossed-off feel of their debut, Loose Fur's second album, Born Again in the USA, isn't quite as, well, loose as Loose Fur was. Actually, in its own mellow, affable way, it manages to be pretty accomplished while keeping the freewheeling, creative spark that made Jeff Tweedy, Glenn Kotche, and Jim O'Rourke's collaboration fun the first time around. A mix of rambling instrumentals and songs that border on the poppy side of these artists' work, Born Again in the USA has a laid-back, late-'60s/early-'70s feel to it, particularly on the two Tweedy-sung songs that open the album.
Formal experimentation in pop music has frequently drawn from the avant-garde, using a slew of loaded languages ranging from bludgeoning violence to inhuman instrumental proficiency. These can serve as a statement of radicalism, or perhaps more ideally, as something more honest and individualistic than other pop music. There is a sense of intended delineation, a desire to reclaim a beacon of artistry in an extremely saturated and commercial cultural medium.