The Great Depression 

The Great Depression

The Great Depression


Cincinnati’s The Great Depression must worry their mothers a lot. Armed only with acoustic guitars, Jeremy Pinnell and Tim Carr pound out gritty first-hand accounts of drug addiction and ruptured relationships. The songs here are honest and sad—not in the way of Morrissey’s melancholy, but more like Neil Young’s rockin’ artistic angst.

In “Belly of the Beast,” songwriter Pinnell sings about being high: “I lie in bed ‘cause I’m so high / I’ll call your mama / and tell her that I’m doing bad / and I can’t see to tomorrow.” This song and others like it aren’t anthems to drug use, nor are they set up as cautionary tales–they’re just forthright accounts of Pinnell’s own personal struggles and frank revelations of the vulnerability beneath his rough exterior.

While The Great Depression’s instrumentation may be stripped down, their vocal delivery is all rock ’n’ roll. Before forming this group, Pinnell was the forceful frontman of the indie band The Light Wires. Carr contributed backing vocals in Pinnell’s band and on this release he plays Garfunkel to Pinnell’s Simon, matching every vocal quaver. The result, reminiscent of Sea Change-era Beck, is a compelling debut suffused with underlying tenderness. (Caroline Keys)
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