Record Review: Blind Pilot- 3 Rounds and a Sound

26 12 2008

Blind Pilot- 3 Rounds and a Sound


A friend recently told me that he’d met a girl, who at their first meeting/date/social event, mentioned that Neutral Milk Hotel was her favorite band. I told him to stay away, that she was crazy, deranged or too good to be true. When any person, well grounded or not, reads a record review that begins with, “and they listened to a lot of Neutral Milk Hotel, (or Joanna Newsom or Van Morrison or Times New Viking)” thoughts of songs on a grand and elusive scale begin to populate their brain. Fortunately for us, this album has nothing to do with Neutral Milk Hotel. More responsibly put, the band falls somewhere between The Format and The Kooks. Side note: TV on the Radio has to be the worst band name ever, on par with Satan’s Fingers and The Killers…  Books on Tape would have been a better name…

There’s no reason for a college aged girl not to like this album. It’s pretty and thoughtful-sounding, like a nice guy who reads for fun and who speaks with deceptive vulnerability. Add to that a dash of the wavering vocal stylings of Connor Oberst and you’ve got Blind Pilot, a perfectly mediocre excuse for a band.


Fabakis Rating 4.3







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