Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen (Slumberland)
Whether it’s bad luck or a sad thing, every date lately has been such a waste of time. Even though getting ditched after 20 minutes during last month’s gallery crawl was funny as soon as it happened, kind of, it still feels OK thinking that that night was supposed to be a little more than an early come-home to leftover pizza and cozy cats.
And if there weren’t other somehow-single friends to dish about our respective batches of creeps during coffee with, who knows how many minds would have been lost by now. Basically the only thing that could make dating an even deeper hole of frustrated feelings is not having someone else to suffer through it with — Roxanne Clifford mentioning “Everybody’s crazy” on the song sharing its title with Veronica Falls’ second album, Waiting for Something to Happen, feels like an all-around summary with how we’ve decided our Friday nights tend to go. But another line well into the second half, “Someone tell me something true,” is that hush cutting through all of the fuss and chatter, never minding how someone would rather check text messages instead of saying how lovely we look tonight.
It’s too easy to say things like how the band really turned it out and made an album that’s going to spend the next few decades fitting snug against that one about the queen being dead; like those early singles the Falls had on Captured Tracks were totally cute and worth getting to know and everything, but the songs on its latest LP, especially “Broken Toy,” are talking to us and making so much sense, while not letting up on the eye contact. And although that’s a role better filled by BFFs, it’s still silly to pass on just-as-intelligent art.