4 - Car Seat Headrest
Released in 2010, 4 is the fourth album from indie rock band Car Seat Headrest, and is the final installment of the numbered albums on the band's Bandcamp page. This album is without a question Car Seat Headrest's most solid project of this quadrilogy, with the best mixing, songwriting, singing, and instrumentals of the whole discography up to this point. At the very least, I really enjoyed each and every track on this project, with even the worst song being nowhere near bad. The instruments and vocal performances from Will Toledo are all really clean and crisp, and lends itself to a much more enjoyable listening experience. The album also features only nine songs, relatively short in comparison to the previous three releases containing 16, 12, and 13 songs respectively. This is not a blow for 4, however, as Toledo began to start making some of his standard longer tracks on here with multiple being six minutes long and one even being seven. These longer tracks are actually produced pretty well in the sense that they offer great musical and lyrical themes that don't wear out on the listener during the relatively long runtime. As I mentioned earlier, Toledo's songwriting is also at a new peak on 4, with him finally beginning to prioritize cohesive ideas and themes into near every track, and even in the titles (Who Even Knows is immediately followed by Even The Who Knows, which has the same lyrics but slowed music). The Ghost of Bob Saget is a really intriguing track directly based off a comic, Lamezone, written by Toledo's inferred romantic interest, Cate Wurtz, and it translates really well into a song. Feel Like Daniel Johnston and Around are pretty gloomy tracks (not musically but lyrically) as Toledo sings about not wanting to grow up to be like his depressing idols and asking if he is even wanted by others. Who Even Knows is another sad track that is likely Toledo indirectly speaking to his father or a similar parental figure, slamming him for "stealing" his mom and not taking any interest in his son. I really enjoyed this album and I feel like it would be even better if it got touched up and remastered like 2011's Twin Fantasy.
8.9/10 - 52 minutes ago