06 February 2012

GARY YOUNG Hospital 1994


Review

by Stephen Cramer

On Hospital, former Pavement drummer Gary Young debuted his quirky style of minimalist folk music to a worldwide audience. On the first track, "Plant Man," Young exhibits a poppy acoustic guitar strum and a playful singing style. What follows is a roller coaster of chaotic and disjointed songs, from the repetitive singalong of "Foothill Blvd" to the sluggish and somber "Warren." The title track, "Hospital for the Chemically Insane," is a short and simplistic track, which is followed by the eccentric and jovial "Birds in Traffic." "Ralph the Vegetarian Robot" is easily the silliest track on the disc, displaying Young's enthusiastic and childish personality. His clean and lively cover of "Wipe Out" showcases his musicianship better than the rest of the disc. After the whimsical "Hooks of the Hiway," the disc ends with two unlisted bonus tracks, an alternate version of "Where Are You At" and a haunting … » Read more

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