Ralph Solo

Car Accidents/Guitar Accidents

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Car Accidents/Guitar Accidents is a CD compilation of two cassette releases from Ralph Solo ("Watch as He Throws His Cards Down" and "Brother of Han") -- as one might assume from the tracks' original format, they're incredibly lo-fi indie pop tunes centering around acoustic guitar and dimly recorded vocals, with the same general aesthetic of Sebadoh, circa Freed/Weed. The album's songwriting is sometimes quite appealing -- but then again, it's bound to be appealing somewhere over the course of 33 tracks. The highly questionable quality of the album's misfires makes the listening experience a lot like mining for gems -- there are many whispery and satisfying pop touches in there somewhere, but it takes a lot of searching to isolate them.