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| May 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Submarines
Schubas, Chicago
Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Put down that dating manual. Erase the phrase “he’s just not that into you” from your vocabulary. Bruised hearts, shattered egos, and cynical left-brainers only need an introduction to husband-and-wife team Blake Hazard and John Dragonetti (aka The Submarines) to throw down the shackles of unrequited love.

On Honeysuckle Weeks (Nettwerk), the duo’s sophomore effort, shimmering, summer-ready lullabies put forth a tsunami’s worth of good vibes ready to wash over anyone sitting in a beer garden telekinetically willing someone to come over for a chat.

Incorporating swirling electronic blips with an undercurrent of strings (provided by The Section Quartet), Hazard serenely chirps “Love finds you even when you’ve given it up/everybody deserves to be adored/why would you settle for less when the world gives you more?” in “Submarine Symphonika,” while jubilantly proclaiming “I cried love and the skies opened up” to a baroque organ on “The Thorny Thicket.”

Fit for a modern-day Casablanca, “1940” finds Hazard stripping off her fairy wings and belting it out tit for tat with a twinkling xylophone. “Swimming Pool” borders on kitsch, but the deliciously punchy chorus, “When you kiss me in ways I’ve forgotten/love is a swimming pool with no bottom,” makes up for the kooky finger snaps.

The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Boston couple documented their bitter breakup and reconciliation on their debut, Declare A New State!. Fortunately, the honeymoon isn’t over.

Headlights headline; Common Loon open.

Janine Schaults

Category: Stage Buzz, Weekly

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