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'Take These Thoughts,' Drenched in Harmony

Take These Thoughts

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Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Take These Thoughts"
  • Artist: Chris & Thomas
  • CD: Land of Sea
  • Genre: Folk-Pop
The L.A.-based duo Chris & Thomas revels in straightforward simplicity.

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From its name to its stripped-down acoustic Americana, the L.A.-based duo Chris & Thomas revels in straightforward simplicity. But make no mistake: There's nothing easy about writing songs as purely infectious as "Take These Thoughts," especially for those who forego lavish production or fleshed-out arrangements.

To fans who fell in love with the pair's two-year-old Vista Street Sessions EP, Chris & Thomas' new Land of Sea is a mixed blessing: It reworks five of its predecessor's six songs, in a bit of recycling mitigated only by the opportunity for the music to reach a larger audience. "Take These Thoughts" appears on both discs, and there's no mystery as to why: The track is a warm, harmony-drenched roots-pop gem that hits its mark with glorious efficiency.

For all its lilting mandolin lines and rich vocal interplay (Chris and Thomas are nothing if not born to sing simultaneously), there's an unnerving underbelly to "Take These Thoughts," from the opening line ("And all I want is all that you possess") to the chilling last. The overall effect is as agreeably soothing as iced tea on a front porch in the summertime — with a slice of lemon to offset all that sweetness, of course.

Listen to yesterday's 'Song of the Day.'

This column originally ran on July 17, 2007.

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