Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
We The Common - RIBBON MUSIC
FILTER Grade: 79%
By Bailey Pennick on April 12, 2013
When we are being bombarded with new music left and right, it’s easy to become jaded—to borrow from Arcade Fire: “kids with their arms folded tight.” Breaking through that wall of attitude and self-consciousness just to get people swaying to the beat is a daunting task, but Thao Nguyen is up for the challenge. We The Common, the fifth LP offering from San Francisco’s Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, offers us a killer collection of infectious beats, bouncy melodies and smart lyrics that you can’t help but move to. If you don’t believe me, just cue up “We Don’t Call” and press play. Nguyen’s silky voice sounds clear and full when crooning such well-crafted lyrics as, “You are good at what you do/You are bad at what you want” (“Move”) and “All they wanted was a villain/But then they just had me” (“We The Common [For Valerie Bolden]”). Don’t worry, Thao, we’re sure glad we have you.