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Suzzy and Maggie Roche
WHY THE LONG FACE
(Red House)

The Roches ó now the duo of Maggie and Suzzy (sister Terre has formed her own group) ó have a long history of making music that is kooky and dead earnest, humorous and melancholy, bohemian and more than just a little sentimental. Why the Long Face is yet one more curious addition to their quirky canon. At times political ("For Those Whose Work Is Invisible"), at others gut-wrenching ("I Donít Have You"), the album at first seems like a hodge-podge. But a closer listen reveals that it is, as Suzzy calls it, about the ever-thinning line between opposites. "Who Cares" is rife with ambivalence: "I think that Iím a dove/But maybe Iím a hawk/Someday I will fly away." In "The Long Lonely Road to Nowhere," Suzzy sings that, after having read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, she is "exactly the opposite of who I should be." But no two ways about it, the soul of Why the Long Face belongs to the Rochesí affecting voices, which are as pure and as rich as the Everlysí. Even when they go deliberately wonky ó as on the atonal moments of "One Season," a redux of a track from 1980ís Nurds ó thereís always a sublime majesty about the sound they create.

BY ELIOT WILDER


Issue Date: November 19 - 25, 2004
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