you're stuck on something parallel to me and you can barely see your youth makes you untreatable
- Poor Lemuel
"It is a simple pop album laced with influences from the '60s and the '70s. It opens with raspy pop track “I’ve Paid For My Ignorance Again.” The vocals were reminiscent of Kings of Leon. As the album progresses, the vocals smooth out over a cascade of wonderfully written songs.
But as is often the case, a recorded version of a song may not be the best interpretation. Poor Lemuel had a CD release party Sept. 25 at the Driftwood Char Bar in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the show, but thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I found plenty of video footage from it.
Watching the members perform really made me understand how great this band has the potential to be. Very reminiscent of Harbor & Home, The Head & the Heart and Band of Horses, Poor Lemuel is definitely on the right track. Watching the footage from the CD release party showcased the members' ability to harmonize, and you also can see how much they enjoy playing together as a band."
-Jeffrey Pederson, St. Cloud Times
"So what's to like about the band? For starters, it has a Beatles-like sound that results from the simple construction of their songs' instrumentation and, as the case for the album, recording production. No "wall of sound" production techniques are necessary here, since the songs musically stand for themselves, lending themselves to feasible playability in a concert setting. In other words, what you hear on the record is what you'll probably hear live, and if 60s pop-influenced indie rock is your thing, Poor Lemuel should already be in your good graces. Sometimes, simple is a good thing.
And the album? There's honest lyrics, bordering on folksy, sung with transparent energy by Scruggs. Some songs verge on lament ("Mabelline"), others create elliptical melancholy ("The Lazy Camel in My Lake"), allowing for the listener to take away from it whatever (s)he may about the narrator's mood or story. That being said, that's what I took away from it, anyway. Musically, the album has a varied and upbeat sound that provides a cheering factor, contributing to what amount to feel-good songs, with touches of vocal harmony ("Talk to Me") and some noticeable guitar chops ("Hardly Tired Love"). It's a fun listen, an album for enjoying coffee with friends or unwinding after a long day. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more from this band."
-Billy Hinshaw, #Music Advisory