Pieces of the World
Oct.28.05 Filed in: music
Pieces of the world is an amazing record by a group out of Knoxville, TN called Dixie Dirt. I had seen them twice live when I was mixing sound at Gate City Noise here in Greensboro and I found that their songs were getting stuck in my head for long periods of time. The second time that I saw them live I realized just how much I loved their music. The name of the band actually does a pretty good job of describing what you might expect in their sound. Pieces of the World is a gritty rock masterpiece that I cant seem to stop listening to as of late. The songs are all so haunting and captivating that I cant help but want to hear it again and again.
A lot of the songs are strung together seamlessly as the album moves along and this makes it easy to loose track of time as you listen to the album. The vocals are stretched thin over the music of the band and match the feel of the music perfectly as it breaks into almost a cry at times. The pieces of the songs that get stuck in my head always seem to be the bits with the haunting melodies. They really carry their own unique sound and feel that stands out from all of the other music that I listen to within the rock music genera. It makes me feel good to listen to it in a strange sort of way. It is not necessarily optimistic or cheerful music but its uplifting all the same. It will drift back and forth between quiet, intimate moments and somewhat more aggressive rock bursts.
Although every songs works so very well together I do have a few favorites that are each easily some of the best music that I have heard in the past year. The first three tracks on this album are absolutely brilliant, So Good So Bad, Pieces Of The World, and Badlights are just amazing and really get the album moving along. These three songs are the three that caused me to fall in love with the music that they make. My other favorites on here are also amazing songs. Dance Song has this ending sing along style of a melody with its la de da's that gets stuck in my head all to easily. Appetite is a longer track at just under 10 minutes but it has a really solid, steady progression that caries you along.
All in all I would recommend this to anyone looking to hear a wonderful, well rounded rock album with bittersweet lyrics and amazing, memorable melodies that will likely get stuck in your head for days to come.