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Pershing

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Now that Boris Yeltsin is dead, does it matter that someone still loves him? The answer, at least if it's dependent on Missouri's Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, is no. While the band pulled off a passable, if fun, debut in 2005/2006 with Broom, the follow-up, Pershing, is a boring, careless record that tries too hard to be witty and hooky, resulting in something that resembles the indie-hipster version of the nameless college-guy jam band. Broom, of course, was not a perfect album, but songs like "Pangea" and "I Am Warm & Powerful" showed off a group with a talent for songs that managed to border between silly and utterly serious and somehow work. Such, unfortunately, is not the case with the follow-up. The lyrics are trite and uninteresting -- "Yeah, you're right but you'll be dead right/Yeah, you look alright, but you're dead, right?" from "Dead Right" is really not as clever as they think it is, nor is rhyming "oceanographer" with "court stenographer," "news photographer," and "map cartographer" ("Oceanographer"), the latter of which actually is rather redundant -- and while the melodies can occasionally be catchy ("Think I Wanna Die," "Glue Girls"), they're hard to remember once the song ends, neither unique nor fun enough to make much of a dent; "You Could Write a Book" even borders on the trenches of yacht rock. It's too bad, because Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin seemed to have the potential to be a fun, smart indie pop band. But if Pershing is showing the way of the future, they can consider themselves even less relevant in the contemporary landscape than their namesake.
© Marisa Brown /TiVo

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1
Glue Girls (1)
00:03:25

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

2
Boring Fountain (1)
00:03:44

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

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Dead Right (1)
00:02:20

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

4
The Beach Song (1)
00:02:47

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

5
Modern Mystery (1)
00:04:19

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

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Some Constellation (1)
00:03:11

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

7
Think I Wanna Die
00:02:49

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

8
You Could Write A Book (1)
00:03:12

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

9
Oceanographer (1)
00:04:45

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

10
HEERS (1)
00:03:25

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

11
Doris Tailspin (Boring Mountain) (1)
00:00:56

Jonathan James, Bass Guitar - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, MainArtist - John Robert Cardwell, Composer, Lead Guitar - Philip Dickey, Drums, Lead Vocals - Will Knauer, Lead Guitar - Philip Abram Dickey, Composer - William Lincoln Knauer, Composer

© 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co. ℗ 2008 Polyvinyl Record Co

Album Description

Now that Boris Yeltsin is dead, does it matter that someone still loves him? The answer, at least if it's dependent on Missouri's Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, is no. While the band pulled off a passable, if fun, debut in 2005/2006 with Broom, the follow-up, Pershing, is a boring, careless record that tries too hard to be witty and hooky, resulting in something that resembles the indie-hipster version of the nameless college-guy jam band. Broom, of course, was not a perfect album, but songs like "Pangea" and "I Am Warm & Powerful" showed off a group with a talent for songs that managed to border between silly and utterly serious and somehow work. Such, unfortunately, is not the case with the follow-up. The lyrics are trite and uninteresting -- "Yeah, you're right but you'll be dead right/Yeah, you look alright, but you're dead, right?" from "Dead Right" is really not as clever as they think it is, nor is rhyming "oceanographer" with "court stenographer," "news photographer," and "map cartographer" ("Oceanographer"), the latter of which actually is rather redundant -- and while the melodies can occasionally be catchy ("Think I Wanna Die," "Glue Girls"), they're hard to remember once the song ends, neither unique nor fun enough to make much of a dent; "You Could Write a Book" even borders on the trenches of yacht rock. It's too bad, because Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin seemed to have the potential to be a fun, smart indie pop band. But if Pershing is showing the way of the future, they can consider themselves even less relevant in the contemporary landscape than their namesake.
© Marisa Brown /TiVo

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