Thursday, June 25, 2009

2001 : 07 "Timorous Me" by Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Ted Leo gets a lot of comparisons to canonical "not quite punk, not quite power pop" songwriters, such as Elvis Costello. One point these comparisons miss is just how overwhelmingly positive his music is. Even in the depths of his angriest political songs, hope thwarts the negative. Teddy Rockstar is so full of "just go out there and fucking do something!" tenacity that listeners inevitably walk away with some of his residual energy. "Timorous Me" is not a political song but it excels at what it is, an "ain't life grand" ballad. In Ted Leo's lyrics, an awkward handshake is just about the greatest thing in the world—and without resorting to some Twee bullshit. If you're not grinning when "Timorous Me" breaks into hand claps, you've never had a real friendship in your life.

James Specht

Listen: Ted Leo & The Pharmacists >> "Timorous Me"

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