Robert Skoro

    That These Things Could be Ours

    7

    That These Things Could be Ours springs
    to form in powerful blasts of confessional pop that’s written for
    arrangement in a full band setting and, thankfully, delivered as such.
    Rather than peddling his eloquent inner sentiments via acoustic guitar
    and a half-assed smile, Minneapolis’s Robert Skoro uses the full-band
    approach on this, his second album but first recorded outside of the
    bedroom. And while there is plenty of acoustic guitar here, it’s filled
    out with bright decorative accompaniment and Skoro’s engaging lyrics.

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    He doesn’t keep much bottled inside on That These Things Could Be Ours.
    He unveils buried secrets at the hazardous Joe Pernice pace,
    occasionally applying some restraint to his vocals but never to his
    words. Even his band plays a little like those in the Pernice Brothers
    band, often pulling ’60s folk rock into the final product, each corner
    giving way to organ melodies, tasteful fuzzy guitar licks and
    harmonies.

     

    “Boo
    Hoo” is accented by marimba and Wurlitzer, and in a reasonably
    intoxicated circus melody, Skoro’s weary announcement for all to “climb
    aboard the pity train” follows even more of a downer in “Before the
    Sun.” He pairs a pleasant acoustic-guitar melody with some piano plinks
    for the “Before” intro, matching lifting vocal harmonies with his own
    while casually ranting against getting older. He’s twenty-four. I
    remember being twenty-four. Seems like it was just five years ago. I’d
    say he’s accomplished quite a bit.

     

     

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    Robert Skoro on Yep Roc’s Web site

    “All the Angles” MP3

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