Books, Black Heart Procession | The Vic | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $25
On The Way Out (Temporary Residence), the recent fourth album by the Books, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong don't alter their formula much: their meticulously produced music embeds warm melodies and gentle rhythms in a careful collage of samples and found sounds, and though they use structures that could be generously described as amorphous, everything is assembled so carefully that the tracks have the emotional impact of pop songs. Zammuto and de Jong sing on a few of the new tunes, but the "vocals" mostly come from elsewhere. They lift some material from self-help tapes, which is too predictable to feel like anything but arch, detached commentary, but there's also personal material—the over-the-top fantasies of violence exchanged by a young boy and girl in "A Cold Freezin' Night," the emotionally raw answering-machine messages in "Thirty Incoming"—that makes the music feels organic and whole. Black Heart Procession opens. —Peter Margasak



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