We’ve already rambled on about the previous two Purple Mountains singles, and single number three, “Margaritas At The Mall,” finds David Berman and company holed up at a suburban drinking establishment, paying too much money for too little alcohol in too sterile environments. It’s a sad-sack affair, a vaguely-Spanish sounding number but not really–it is the mall he’s at, after all–and the struggles between the fakeness of his surroundings and the unfake pain in his heart create a wholly wonderful tug-of-war. “Margaritas At The Mall” is woozy, a bit dramatic, whilst having an imperfection the previous two singles didn’t have–yet that’s all a part of the game, my friends. Drinking your life away is hard work. But those horns are a nice touch, and this new taste doesn’t diminish our opinion that their new album is going to be one of the best albums of 2019.
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