THE GARBAGE AND THE FLOWERS

Stoned Rehearsal

(Quemada) LP $18.00

The fragile and melodic pop of The Garbage And The Flowers sways and stumbles just enough from its center to avoid calcification. Stoned Rehearsal risks falling apart, but the deviations always drift back to the song. The opening anthem is followed by a nice and slowly sentimental whiskey-sippin’ number; and of course you can’t end the side without getting revved up first. Side two starts with an almost baroque take on “River of Sem,” followed by the sweetly casual “Elizabeth” and a breathtaking dirge to wrap things up. Originally released as a cassette (Near Tapes 2008).