Like so many albums before it, Know Better Learn Faster
is a collection of love songs inspired by heartbreak. But that certainly isn’t to suggest that these songs are downbeat or lack originality. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Know Better Learn Faster
is coyly provocative, emotionally vibrant, and melodically upbeat. The album opens with terse intro, “The Clap,” which features gospel-inspired vocals/melody and urgent hand-clapping and foot stomping. It is followed by album highlight “Cool Yourself” which flaunts a loose, jangly guitar riff; catchy “oh-whoa-oh” backing vocals; and punchy horns and light, bouncy keys at the very end. On the flirtatious “When We Swam” Thao reaches for a smoky vocal delivery over a slinky melody provided by the Get Down Stay Down as she sings: “Oh, bring your hips, bring your hips to me.” The title track, “Know Better Learn Faster” is a floating tune that glides across violins and shimmering guitar. Thao wrestles with an emotionally unsatisfying relationship during “Body” where she both laments being nothing more than “a body in your bed” and yet struggles with desiring her emotionally distant lover. Thao sings about destructive “sad sex” on the song “Good Bye Good Luck,” but the song is far more musically upbeat than the lyrics would suggest. Album closer “Easy” begins as Thao whispers “sad people dance too” before the Get Down Stay Down join her in laying down a toe-tapping, head bopping rhythm section. A highly recommend addition to your collection, you can pick it up on wax at Insound
Thao with The Stay Down Get Down – Know Better Learn Faster
Head back to eating/sf to read the recipe for chicken and brown rice with chorizo.