Frog Eyes, 'Tears of the Valedictorian' (Absolutely Kosher)

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Tears of the Valedictorian
Critical Mass
Label: Absolutely Kosher

by Josh Modell

Frog Eyes' breathless, hyperliterate songs sound like frantic come-ons even when you have absolutely no idea what Carey Mercer is singing about. "I lower myself into your water / Like a mealymouthed calf that is suckered into slaughter," he incants in a near-lucid moment, evoking Bowie's easy grandeur and Xiu Xiu's embarrassed insanity. Whether conjured by a showman or a madman, Valedictorian frequently collides with bracing beauty, sometimes of the conventional sort, but more often like nothing else before it.

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