It's difficult to start a review of a record that, a couple of years after it has been released, right now stands as my favorite record of all time.
What makes Desaparecidos' Read Music/Speak Spanish so good?
Is it the way frontman Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Commander Venus, Park Ave) shrieks and shouts in a way he has never done before, often sounding like he swallowed his tongue and on the brink of throwing himself of a building?
Is it the fact that this is the only record to ever have come out from Desaparecidos, before Oberst decided that the band was in danger of becoming to popular and split up?
Is it the nine songs (or ten on another version of the record) that all critisize the discontent of the middle class citizens of the United States in such a way that it never seems preachy, rather well analyzed and close to hearth?
Or maybe it all just sounds so great, with nods to the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr.
This record needs to be in any indie fan's collection.
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