The Silos

The Silos

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For their major-label debut, Walter Salas-Humara and Bob Rupe stick to pretty much exactly the same script as they had on their three previous indie efforts; the powers that be at RCA Records should be commended for resisting the temptation to mess with their new signing. Recorded live on stage at a theater in their hometown of Gainesville, FL (without an audience), there's a freshness to The Silos that suits the songs beautifully. Horns, strings, and accordion color the songs without drawing too much attention to themselves so that all the focus remains on Salas-Humara and Rupe's typically solid tunes. The highlights are many, but the odd character study "Commodore Peter" and the heartbreaking "Picture of Helen" are the two most immediately fascinating tunes. Bob Rupe left the Silos after this album to focus on other projects and the group was never quite the same after that, but The Silos is a remarkably strong ending to the band's best years.

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