The Laces

Forever for Now

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The second and final LP from Doug Kabourek's Laces is a refined effort that leads directly into the artist's later efforts. The recording process is improved this time around, and in an even more impressive move, so are the songs. Rarely making it to the two-minute mark, the 17 tracks on Forever for Now are simple and to the point. Most numbers are acoustic this time out, but the occasional electric additions as well as samples and loops keep things interesting. Of particular note is "Carli," a touching dedication to a friend of Kabourek's killed in a car accident. Carli was also the head of Weezer's fan club and the subject of that group's "Mykel & Carli," whose Rivers Cuomo-penned lyrics are included at the end of the track. Notably, it is not the Weezer lyrics, but Kabourek's own idea of a heaven where "rock shows happen every night," that really give the song its powerful emotions. Careful listens will find that under the simple guise of each track are layers of extra sounds that really give power to the seemingly unadorned compositions. In a time when singer/songwriter groups were a dime a dozen, the under-the-radar pop of the Laces makes it clear that just because a band may have never received critical acclaim doesn't mean they didn't deserve it.

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