SEAN NELSON. MAKE GOOD CHOICES.
The first official batch of recordings to bear the name of Seattle musician Sean Nelson isn’t a
solo album in the classic sense. Make Good Choices includes playing/songwriting/recording
contributions from, among others, Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck (R.E.M./Minus
5), Matt Pence & Scott Danbom (Centro-Matic), Howard Draper (Shearwater), Dave Depper
(Loch Lomond, Fruit Bats), Rachel Blumberg (Decemberists/M. Ward), Adam Selzer (Norfolk
& Western), Steve Fisk (player: Pell Mell, Pigeonhed; producer: Nirvana, Beat Happening,
Unwound), and others—with Nelson’s nonpareil lyrics, melodies, and voice unmistakably at the
center. Sessions arose over the course of several years, between Nelson and his collaborators’
other projects, with no deadline, no master plan, and above all, no rush. The unorthodox process
yielded great results, but required that he take the long view. When he realized he’d been taking it
for nearly a decade, it was probably time to write a press release.
The songs on Make Good Choices were written and recorded in fits and starts over the past
several years when Nelson’s primary bands—first Harvey Danger and later The Long Winters—
were, variously, not touring, on hiatus, or broken up. The project was abandoned and revived
almost promiscuously, according to surges and lapses of confidence, vicissitudes of scheduling,
and, of course, the dismal science of economy. (It’s a long story, but a good one.) Yet the songs
stuck around, and as time went by, the material began to feel less like an accumulation of
discrete sessions and more like an oddly organic collection unified by Nelson’s irrepressible pop
instincts, razor sharp lyrics, and powerhouse voice. And so, yes: kind of a solo record, and kind of
not, but more to the point a record—of smart, funny, sad, and true pop-rock songs that peer into
the dark corners of the culture, the psyche, and the singer himself.
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