This weekend, my wife and I threw a housewarming. The transition from our past fully realized, this party had more kids than drunken arguments. Our fridge wasn’t emptied; remarkably we ended the night with more booze than we started. Oh, and everyone had cleared out by 8:30PM.

While that might seem unremarkable or even boring to most teenage denizens roaming the internet, watching people we’ve known for the parts of the last 20 years give every part of themselves to another person, one that communicates in fragmented sentences and raw emotions, was special.

What does a late afternoon, Suburban party have to do with Tusks? Well, on the surface, not much but Samir Khan’s pen is mature and he moves at a slower pace. His observations and humor grow from experience not angst or impetuousness, much like the sophisticated melodies he prefers.

Sentiments are never rushed and each arrangement is delivered as the band intends. Jangly pop nestles alongside slow, introspective numbers and spacey backdrops to offset the serious questions that float around Samir’s brain.

Khan explores the bond between child and parents, needs versus wants and many of the same issues that we deal with as we discover each new wrinkle or grey hair. Total Entertainment is the direct result of taking a breath. Samir sings beautifully and softly, but with purpose.

Getting older and growing up used to a punchline or an insult. Slowing down was the inevitable albatross hung around our neck we fought with each extra drink or poor decision. Total Entertainment is confirmation that we got it wrong. The extra second we pause before we speak, jump, or love. That’s when life makes sense and true happiness is found. “In The Beginning / Give It Time.” Tusks presents the song as a light hearted melody, but underneath, the message is a reassuring hand on our shoulder. Hang in there. Someday it will all make sense.

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MP3:: Tusks - To Give It Time (demo)

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MP3:: Tusks - In the Beginning / Give It Time
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