Fly Between Falls is being re-released on Brushfire Records, the label of the Animal Liberation Orchestra's fellow UC Santa Barbara alum Jack Johnson. The track order has been altered, and two tracks have been reworked: the sexy, soulful, â€śGirl, I Wanna Lay You Downâ€ť, which finds Johnson providing back-up vocals, and â€śBBQâ€ť, whose lyrics are as uplifting as its music is upbeat. â€śWalls of Jerichoâ€ť is a new song that replaces â€śPossibly Drownâ€ť.
The album opens with â€śSpectrumâ€ť, a playful yet contemplative song. The music begins with just a guitar and bongos, and after one verse and chorus, a mouth harp joins in. Alongside the banjo and accordion, it is almost impossible to hear the mouth harp and not be put into a good mood. The lyrics explore the complex simplicity, or maybe thatâ€™s the simple complexity, of changing oneâ€™s mind without understanding why. â€śWell, I can disagree with myself / because sometimes I feel like me / and sometimes I feel like somebody else.â€ť I know I have changed from not caring about something to it immediately becoming very important. â€śOne minute / Iâ€™m over it / and the next minute / I feel the opposite.â€ť
Next is the tribute to college life on â€śWasting Time (Isla Vista Song)â€ť. The laid-back sound of a lap steel pedal guitar perfectly captures living in a beach town and the lyrics are hysterical, with the references to recklessly getting high and drunk that mark the early 20s. A few of my favorite lines include: â€śThey just got a sack weighing 3 point 5./It was 4:19. Just about that time.â€ť; â€śI saw crazy Bruce. He was waiting for / someone to buy him some fine malt liquor. / When he gets it in his system, / heâ€™s a real shit-kicker.â€ť; and â€śSomebody stuck a doob in my hand./Well, I took a hit and passed it on./I woke up on the pavement not before too long.â€ť Of course, some will find the song irresponsible, but those buzz-killers never got invited to the cool parties, so what do they know?