RIYL: Anything Kinsella, Hey Mercedes

Label: Polyvinyl Records

Making up for lost time. The ever-so wonderful Time-Warner Cable internet went down for the umpteenth time last night at my apartment and it still wasn’t working this morning – so consider this Thursday’s piece from yours truly. Anyway, emo has been making quite the comeback with bands like The Hotelier getting in the limelight. Frankly, with the way 2016 has been playing out, the time for emo’s more ripe than ever to make its comeback. Frame & Canvas is often considered to be Braid’s magnum opus, and for good reason. If you wanted to show somebody what emo is with just one song, you could pick any one on here. The melancholic crooning to an unnamed loved one who scorned the singer, the infrequent, yet persistent, backing faint screams for emphasis on emotion, the giddy minor chords, the tight percussion with cymbal crashes and snare galore – it’s all there. Frame & Canvas is an archetypal trip down memory lane – a time when emos looked like hipsters do today. Listen to a full stream of Frame & Canvas below via the YouTube stream and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Considered by many to be the definitive Braid album, Frame and Canvas was recorded by J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines) at Inner Ear studios in December 1997. Braid's leaner, more focused sound on the album was in direct correlation to the band's constant and prolific touring.

Braid's third album features the bombastic crowd pleaser "The New Nathan Detroits," the lovesick mathrock dance anthem "A Dozen Roses" and the shimmery mini-epic of "I Keep a Diary."

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