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Love As Laughter
Laughter's Fifth
Sub Pop

Has Sam Jayne been sitting the rock revival out? The erstwhile Lync frontman was last heard of with his ongoing/ever-changing Love As Laughter outfit in September 2001, when L/A/L dished up Sea to Shining Sea, possibly the best distillation of the riff they'd committed to disc, with Jayne uncorking some straight-up classic licks on the disc's black-brushed, brashly fuzzy opening fire-up "Coast to Coast," and then slinking through some dark-blue blues on a laggard gait called, hilariously, "Sam Jayne = Dead." Coming mere weeks after The Strokes had stroked that iconic ass with a leather glove, turning the pop-cultural paradigm on its ear with their beat-up beat-combo references-to-record-collections, it should've followed on that Love As Laughter — with all those ripped-off rock riffs of their own — suddenly went from fondly-thought-of obscurity to slandered success-story. For whatever reason (maybe the fact that they weren't called The Laughter?), Jayne remained ensconced in the obscurity that he's long known; and, well, then, he just disappeared. Between 1994 and 2001, Jayne had dished up six discs between Lync and L/A/L, becoming some sort of Sub Pop staple in the process. And, then, there was naught but eerie silence. Over three and a half years on, Jayne has finally returned, and Laughter's Fifth seems to confirm the concept he's been deliberately avoiding recording whilst the whole rock-revivalist hype-machine chugged away. As a Seattleite cutting his teeth in the early '90s, Jayne saw grunge rock the first time around, and likely couldn't stomach the stench of the whole haircut movement and its crossover do-over. He's only, finally, coming up for air now, but, doing so in a less guitar-slinging way than he did on either of the last two L/A/L longplayers (Sea to Shining Sea and, prior, Destination 2000). With its "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" cover-art and a cover of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Laughter's Fifth finds Jayne tracking back to a groovier, sillier time in rock 'n' roll, peeling back the rough riffs and celebrating the peace-and-love beat. Cuts like "Canal Street" are built on a pushed-forth bassline and backbeat, stacking on dollops of analog organ, handclaps and a California-vocal-group chorus, and leaving Jayne's guitar to deliver but spindly, single-note lead-breaks. And, aside from how "Every Midnight Song" ups the bluster midway through, amping up the tempo and bleeding walls of guitars well into the (bloodied) red, this is the way it goes on this disc, favoring paisley over denim. And, in such, the distance between Jayne's rock 'n' roll spirit and the recent pathetic pantomimes of the rock 'n' roll spirit seems greater (and, like, greater) than ever.

by Anthony Carew

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