Snowglobe | Doing the Distance

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Doing the Distance

by Snowglobe

"Pop Album of the Year? It's Possible" -Pitchfork Media
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Theme music
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2. Loaded Gun
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3. Comforted
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1:40 album only
4. Ms. June
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5. Baby
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6:23 album only
6. Master of Forgotten Works
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7. Aimless Sailor
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8. Calculating Fades
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9. Changes
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10. Regime
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11. Rock Song
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12. Big Machine
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13. Sickness
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14. Medium
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15. the Boso (the kickdown)
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16. 33 1/3
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Saddled with the responsibility of penning their own bio for their sophomore album, “Doing the Distance”, the members of Snowglobe, only too familiar with the tendency to drag ass, came up with a brilliant plan. “Cancel your appointments, go in that room, shut the door, and don’t come out until it is written.” They’re still in there… but at least we have the bio.
Snowglobe have been playing music together since high school. They are 5 Memphis boys with a penchant for the kind of rock that puts a subtle jangle in your step and a pop song in your heart. They released their debut album, “Our Land Brains” in 2002.
“Doing the Distance” is Snowglobe’s 2nd album. 3 years later and a world of experiences further on, the members of Snowglobe share with you, dear reader, their take on the music in their own words…
The resonating feeling was that “Doing The Distance” was a gently grown-up Snowglobe. Just as the “Pop” we care about has grown up a little bit, and most likely so have you. We stress “little” because we don’t want pop (or you) to grow up too much now do we?
What do you get then? Steve Earle? Norah Jones?
The Flaming Lips? Perhaps, but we’re in no position to say. We are a bit behind on our “adult contemporary pop”. What does that mean anyway? Pop made by adults?
We digress… point being, “Doing The Distance” climbs the mountain made by Mercury Rev (the band that you should have been listening to instead of The Flaming Lips.) There are pop bands that make it count, and then there are the rest. Snowglobe makes it count.
Now on to the music:
The album’s second track “Loaded Gun” is not the kind of gem just tossed off or farted out, but rather it is calculated with care. Not that Snowglobe would toss off or fart out songs – we realize that your attention span wears thin with all the clutter out there. We strive to battle “Entertainment Attention Deficit Disorder” on all fronts!
Ah the fuzz guitar solo on “Ms. June”… if only “American badass” were a classification of guitar solo.
“Aimless Sailor” takes a minute before turning into a big-hooked reason for hitting repeat. You know that guy who is always force-feeding everyone new music and always pulls the “check-out-what-this- song-does-towards-the-end” line? “Aimless Sailor” was built for that guy.
An uncanny, but not orphaned rocker appears with “Rock Song,” not that you’ll be asleep or anything by this juncture, we’re just saying that it rocks.
“Medium” contains the album’s other incredible guitar solo, and let’s just say that it’s also the best
piano/electric ballad since what… maybe the original Nazz version of “Hello, It’s Me” or Harry Nilsson’s “Without You”?
We do not envy the female muse that caused “Regime” to be written. Sad days.
And the tracks we didn’t mention? Well they are the glue that holds the rest together. There is no filler. “Doing The Distance” is a 16-track UP YOURS to the face of jaded sterility and teetotalers who claim that all of the good stuff has already been made.


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Nick Chimenti

An indie album with charm that still rocks your face off? You bet!
The first time you listen to Snowglobe's Doing the Distance it is very easy to pick out a few tracks that really grab you. But after a second or third listen, you cannot help but smile at how happy this entire album (and its genius arrangement) makes you. You experience every emotion yet somehow every song makes you feel good.

Loaded Gun (2) gives you a sample of the type of rock you could definitely listen to for 16 tracks. Just when you think you know what Snowglobe is about, the whole album slows down. You still enjoy every second, but you start to wonder where that pace went. However, you realise this slower pace is just a setup for getting your face rocked off once Master of Forgotten Works (6) or Changes (9) kicks in. It depends on your mood or how many times you've heard the album which track gets your blood pressure back up. But one thing is for certain; it stays up there until the end of Medium (14).

A must listen and definitely a must repeat listen!