My Top 1000 Songs #588: Slackjawed

[I've been writing up my Top 1000 songs on a daily basis--you can see them all in descending order by hitting the All My Favorite Songs tag.]

While I generally prefer the Connells' lovely mid-tempo jangle pop, they had a few upbeat rockers that captured the band's gentle beauty and gave it a bit more buzzsaw urgency. "Stone Cold Yesterday," of course, is one of the band's finest hours. But "Slackjawed," from 1993's terrific Ring LP, is right behind. That album's gorgeous folk-tinged "'74-'75" got most the attention, but here's the counterpoint, all rousing power pop urgency. Shoulda been every bit the 90s alt.rock hit in a just universe, but just a little too good for that.

Live, last year: