Crooked Again by One Room Schoolhouse: Review
Jeff Shuck’s artistic moniker One Room Schoolhouse’s sound can be best described as Jazz-pop meets new wave. In Crooked Again, uplifting synth-pop elements are layered over mellow jazz tones. One Room Schoolhouse’s electronic sound transports us back to the new wave period and quickly immerses the listener in a whirlwind of new wave music. Despite the synthesizers’ predominance, a splash of jazz piano fuses with the cutting edge of modern pop. The vivid orchestration will have you wrapped in its ethereal embrace right from the get-go.
The song is catchy, but it’s the lyrics that really make it meaningful. This heartfelt and open track will have you thinking about your life and the people in it. Although it has a casual, carefree vibe, the serious tone throws you into a sonic tailspin. It is about facing reality and holding yourself accountable. As the artist likes to put it, this is all about the realization that when you drink alone at home for a few months, you end up throwing away your own empty bottles and having to face the reality of how full the trash can is. It’s one of those songs that address heavy issues with upbeat melodies. That in and of itself is an interesting way to prep yourself to face reality.
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Review by: Gabe Finch