Solamente Tres Palabras

by Lorenzo's Music

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Thanks to their taste for stumbling, off-kilter song structures and vocalist Tom Ray’s barroom rasp, Lorenzo’s Music will always draw comparisons to Tom Waits. That’s not such a bad thing, but it does sell them a bit short. While many of the tunes on Solamente Tres Palabras take their lead from the fractured updates of German cabaret music that reinvigorated Waits’ career, Lorenzo’s Music also embrace a sweeter form of pop-rock that’s all about lonely water-gazers and bruised swains dreaming of a better world.

The ironical lead track, "I’m Doing Fine," is a case in point. It may prickle with low-down signifiers, but Ray’s whiskey-soaked crooning, Mark Whitcomb’s distorted guitar and Scott Beardsley’s clanking percussion don’t obscure the fact that the song’s once-wayward protagonist searches for normalcy and completeness, not the debauchery of his past. The discombobulated surfer ballad "You Were Blonde" may mock romance, but its Beach Boys-inspired melody suggests that Ray’s bleary-eyed barfly really does long for more than a meaningless assignation beneath a burned-out streetlight.

Which isn’t to say that you’re apt to choose Solamente Tres Palabras for background music when cracking open a bottle of Dom with your honey and settling in for a night of romance. Most of the time, it’s not that sweet. Then again, neither is love.

credits

released 20 August 2005

Tom Ray - Vocals
Mark Whitcomb - Guitar
Chris Boeger - Bass
Scott Beardsley - Drums
Bryan Elliott - Saxaphone

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Track Name: I'm Doing Fine
I'm Doing Fine

A little man, with a bug-eyed grin
Talked to me about back when
And how everybody's been
Me... I'm doing fine.

Things the were forgot, for good reason
You cringe to even talk about
Someone will remember
Me... I'm doing fine.

*Chorus
I don't live there anymore
Say hello to everyone
I'm afraid I have to go
*

A helpless wall, can't withstand the fall
Surrounded by it's guilty weight
Standing up just to fall down
Me... I'm doing fine.

What's good or what's not's, got me by default
Just play it by ear
Guess I'll find out when I'm dead
Me... I'm doing fine.

*Chorus*

I've heard it told, now that I've got old
It's gone and it's forgoten
'til you see them once again
Me... I'm doing fine

An overstocked buffet, of your evil ways
Yes, liquor will be served
And how's everybody been?
Me... I'm doing fine

*Chorus*

A little man, with a bug-eyed grin
Talked to me about back when
And how everybody's been
Me... I'm doing fine.
Track Name: Hot Water Avalanche
Hot Water Avalanche

Hot Water Avalanche livin' in the water
if fun doesn't come then it won't even matter
breathe a breath if you wanna believe and if you can't commit to it then you're tugging on it's sleeve
Fire in the episode, change what you are
what you see
what you need
what you freed
days on the play, ground below you
searching around for a cloud, puddles in the air
gasping at what's out there
above and beyond
beneath and behind
drivin' in the sky
balloons in my eyes
waiting around, laying it down
picture something new, then forget about it...

-Chorus-
Down
Down, down, down
Down, down, down
Down, down... Lemonade?!

apprentice, just let this engage in a bout of fitness to stage
understand it's a challenge, don't damage a stranger, don't challenge your anger
Allow your stance in a storm to be cold
refrain from attaching yourself to a pole
don't ask or assume what is given to you
stand in light or dark days
strong or funk maze
Appellation trail phase
city with the pocket of dark and bright lights haze
speak your mind
and let your heart gauge, how much you can say, before you know it's time

-Chorus-

Hot Water Avalanche livin' in the water
if fun doesn't come then it won't even matter
breathe a breath if you wanna believe and if you can't commit to it then you're tugging on it's sleeve
Fire in the episode
above and beyond
beneath and behind
drivin' in the sky
balloons in my eyes
waiting around, laying it down
picture something new, then forget about it now.