[Jandek] Nine-Thirty

Lauren Ciechanowski ciechano at stolaf.edu
Thu Mar 2 16:32:57 PST 2006

Hey, six-month-old fan here, first time poster.

Nine-Thirty is a real sleeper album...doesn't get a lot of discussion
here, does it? I really love the lyrics on the album.

'when the skin comes tied to your bone
there's no stopping the bell'

I just really like the imagery.

I think part of the reason why I like Jandek is the echoey recording and
the sparseness of it all - doesn't it really sound like what happens in
between your ears sometimes? I don't know, that's what it makes me think
of, is all.

And no, you certainly can't discount his a capella period as an aberration
at all. What he does with his vocal inflections is really interesting, and
you can't call the lyrics anything short of beautiful, if haunting. But
then, isn't that what he's all about?

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