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Chris Cohen

As If Apart

Captured Tracks

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On Chris Cohen's second solo LP, As If Apart, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist seems to be wandering through the gullies and gulfs of his own interior world, intermittently stopping to examine strewn fossils of '60s baroque pop, vintage AM gold, and the most placid strains of psychedelia.

Genteel as the album is, it's the nagging paradoxes that make this fluidly complex sophomore effort tick. Cohen's murmuring voice sounds both inviting and unknowable, just as the instrumentation is by turns familiar and alien; vague moods populate this record, yet it's instantly recognizable as Cohen's own distinct variant of plush paisley balladry.

While not discernably stronger or weaker than the record that preceded it, As If Apart burrows deeper into its maker's sonic pet obsessions. This is a work of accessible insularity, outsider pop from a tinkering songsmith who understands all the inner workings of the genre. (

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