Pernice Brothers: Seth Kaye
Sean Howe
October 09, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Live a Little

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Ashmont
genre
Pop

We gave it an A-

Since Joe Pernice abandoned the country-rock of Scud Mountain Boys for the Bacharachian pop of Pernice Brothers, increasing polish has threatened to sterilize the dark ambiguity of his songs. So it’s a delight to report that Live a Little — despite kicking off with a song called ”Automaton” — finds Pernice throwing off the shackles of overenunciation and fussy production. Grand piano, strings, and horns actually soften the edges of their metronomic precision, and the track about a relationship-salvaging road trip even erupts with handclaps.

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