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Classic Album Review: Jason Loewenstein | At Sixes and Sevens

The Sebadoh member steps into the solo spotlight with this head-turning winner.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


No wonder he’s at sixes and sevens.

Jason Loewenstein has been a member of Sebadoh for more than a decade, and during that time he’s written his fair share of good songs. But let’s face it; no matter what he does, people will always think he’s Lou Barlow’s sidekick. Maybe this long-overdue solo debut from the singer, drummer and guitarist will set folks straight. At the very least, it should turn heads. First for the sheer achievement of it — Loewenstein wrote, played, sang, engineered and even designed the album cover (and presumably drove the delivery truck) himself. What’s even more impressive, however, is the end result of all that labour — for a one-man work, these lively performances have the urgency and cohesion of a band, and cuts like the caffeinated Codes, the fiery Latino groover Crazy Santana, the low-rocker Upstate, the metal riff-fest H/M and the searing Transform inform you that Loewenstein can replicate Sebadoh’s ramshackle wallop with ease, but isn’t bound by it. Lou might want to make room in the spotlight for two.