Numb melodies to dense the void that is your soul.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Take It From the Man!
It was lucky of me to give this album a try after having felt emotionally drained. The effect was uplifting the spirit of motivation by its nonchalant nature of presenting its purpose with its dreamy, psychedelic wall of sounds mixed with 60’s rock aesthetics. Not only do these guys sound like circa-‘68 Beatles, but have noticeable influences from the dense, melodic sounds of Bob Dylan to the rock ‘n’ roll style of the Rolling Stones, as well as the incorporation of other prominent 60’s rock sounds.
The opener, “Vacuum Boots,” gives off an aura that invites you into a unparalleled world to get captivated by its visuals of colorful melodies and layers of guitars that consist of the whole album. It lets you feel secure, telling you that, “there are no worries right now.”
“After all, there are finite amount of worries a mind is capable of obtaining.”
"So let me request, may I hold those worries?"
To listen to this album is to let yourself free from worries and enjoy the ride that is life, such is what “Straight Up and Down” suggest. Which personally, made me feel invited as if I were accepted into a circle of ‘enlightened’ comrades, only wishing you the best in all your interests, relationships, dreams, and most of all, in yourself. As the song progresses, you feel the euphoric sensations, something you haven’t gotten quite used to; and are relieved to know you haven’t lost it.
Another memorable moment is how Cabin Fever manages to wrap around you in swirling guitars and feel what Matt Hollywood is feeling, see what Matt Hollywood is seeing, and be what Matt Hollywood is being. That is the 8-minute manifestation of pain and loneliness transcending from the human sensation to a physical matter.
However, after the 8 minutes, the song resumes as a medley with In My Life, a song which empowers the listener to take action towards what burdens them.
“(David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six” is a song that manages to combine the feeling of hopelessness from a weary mind with the admiration of a young blissful child, looking upon a figure of their admiration. The heaviness from the combined sounds pulls you to the ground, and as you stare at the ceiling, you notice that too much light faints the stars.
Take It From the Man! does not attempt to create something new, but instead, it condenses the sounds of psychedelia from rock, shoegaze, pop, and other music styles into a relative consistent sound.