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Ryan Ferguson: Only Trying to Help

Only Trying to Help was released on August 21st, and I feel it was lost amongst its rather weighty competitors: albums from Rilo Kiley, the New Pornographers, Josh Ritter, Architecture in Helsinki, Caribou, Minus the Bear......

But it's a shame when Ryan Ferguson, formerly of No Knife, releases his first solo album and no one except 3hive (not bad, but still) seems to give him notice. His music fits nicely into the label record stores will place him under - "Pop/Rock" - but if you go into his music with that term in mind you may find that it surprises you.
The ground he covers is well-tread; "Remission" deals with forgiveness, "X's and O's" with the classic motif of obsessing over someone you've barely met. The record feels like a matured version of today's pop punk bands, the same material covered in a more thoughtful way, for an older set. The music is familiar, good for head-bobbing, I've even caught myself starting to sing along. Good in a straightforward sort of way.

Ryan Ferguson - Remission

Ryan Ferguson - X's and O's
Buy Only Trying to Help from
Ryan Ferguson's Website/Myspace

MOKB posted the music video for "None Shall Pass" by Aesop Rock, and it is so kick-ass!

...anyway, I'm in a bit of a rut lately with the music I've been posting here, and I'm attempting to finish up things here and pack to go to Oberlin on Saturday. Packing is one of my least favorite activities in the world, so...

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