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Hold Tight the Ropes


Download links and information about Hold Tight the Ropes by Elk City. This album was released in 2002 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 47:55 minutes.

Artist: Elk City
Release date: 2002
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 11
Duration: 47:55
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No. Title Length
1. Hold Tight the Ropes 3:23
2. Once and for All 4:27
3. Smile 4:16
4. Don't Fight What You've Become 5:01
5. Athens Botanical 1:07
6. Rosemary 6:17
7. Football 3:37
8. K-Mart 5:19
9. Crimson 5:13
10. Summer Song 4:55
11. Back Into My Life 4:20



On their second full-length release, Elk City further refines their blend of psychedelia, folk-rock, and indie rock with Hold Tight the Ropes. Presenting a caustic and vulnerable beauty, guitarist Peter Langland-Hassan and bassist (actually a Fender-Rhodes piano bass) Renee LoBue create strangely intense dark dialogues over a hazy din of ominous sounds. A study in combining slightly contrary elements, LoBue's sighing vocals and Langland-Hassan's almost taunting, Stephen Malkmus-esque delivery create an odd tension between the apparent resignation and defiance found in the moods displayed. With lean, muscular guitars becoming quite reminiscent of Neil Young's late-'70s work with Crazy Horse, they manage to shovel several layers of dissonance over the vocals, rendering them fairly indecipherable but not keeping the underlying moods from fully emerging. Although the rather no-frills approach generally suits them very well, the burned-out balladry of tracks like "Crimson" and the three-chord catchiness of "Summer Song" provide particularly affecting moments. Ultimately, even though the everyday elements of their generally irony-free songwriting makes them a band somewhat lacking in gimmicks, Elk City are masters at taking the commonplace and creating something vaguely familiar and inviting but deceptively enduring all the same.