Thao with the Get Down Stay Down represent what is fun about listening to music. They bring a very vibrant party like atmosphere on Know Better Learn Faster, which is somewhat of a contrast to the excellent but yet personal We Brave Bee Stings And All which released early last year. Working again with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Spoon) there are more complex arrangements, more vocal play, horns, banjo and keyboards that like the album cover – feels and sounds like a party. Thao still concentrates the songs on emotional substance but Know Better Learn Faster feels more collaborative and ultimately plays out and lives up to the expectations set forth by last years solid release!
Key Tracks: “Body” / “Cool Yourself” / “Easy”
Artists With Similar Fire: Ava Luna / Feist / Cat Power
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony