I’m not sure how much The Jam and Elliot Smith, my song of the day from a few days back, really share in common, but they do at least share the ability to make a song sound much greater than the sum of its parts. Say Yes by Elliot Smith turns a man and guitar into a roller-coaster, and That’s Entertainment’s constituent parts works so well together to create rhythm that it’s almost beyond belief that there isn’t a drum kit on the record. The result of this solid rhythm without a drum kit is that the song is brilliantly relaxed but never boring. It’s slightly different from the effect of Say Yes – there the achievement was one of melody, not rhythm – but both equally brilliant and great accomplishments.

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