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Tilly & the Wall – Bottom of Barrels

January 14, 2007


Tilly & the Wall – Bottoms of Barrels {7.3/10}
Team Love Records 2006
by Ian Cruz

Tilly & the Wall could be seen as being Park Ave. if it is looked at as if the name was changed, and if there were a few new members. But let’s not, and just say that Tilly & the Wall is a more mature version two of Park Ave. For one, they’ve grown older, and as you grow older you progress to learn and learn. Not to mention, they’ve also learned their instruments instead of being complete “newbs” like before. Jamie returned from London, and we got back together. Tilly & the Wall released their first full length in 2004, Wild Like Children, which was also the first release on Conor Oberst’s (Bright Eyes) record label Team Love.

Now, back with a more optimistic sound, Tilly & the Wall’s second release, Bottoms of Barrels, has the right direction in organization in the use of instrumentation from the horns and percussions displayed throughout the record. Instead of just being the fun and cheery band that was last heard on Children, Tilly & the Wall has a more genuine feel. Influence from a more traditional Mexican beat, and folk melodies are vivid on this album. Lyrically, things have gotten brighter. The love song on the album, not coincidentally, is titled “Love Song”. Vocalized by Derek Presnel, who also plays guitar in the band, “Love Song” has some of the best lyrics on the record, painting a beautiful picture with lines like “And as we removed each others clothes, I thought I would sing some notes so that maybe you would slow dance with me.”

Commonly, the only bad thing about this album like most albums that have been coming out lately, is the staying power this album has. A few listens at first, and then tucking the record away after that is bound to happen. No offense to the band, but this album won’t be remembered in the next twenty years.

Rightfully, this album deserves a good listen. Containing a few real charmers, Bottoms of Barrels is a good direction for Tilly & the Wall. They were kids once, playing some instruments they didn’t know how to play. They recorded an album by themselves with the help of friends, and now they’ve released a record that was a step-up from its predecessor, Wild Like Children.