This band caught my attention when they turned in an impressive set opening for Liam Finn at the Rock and Roll Hotel last fall. There was nothing especially groundbreaking about it, just some really solid, really intense '80s-inspired Brit-rock, non-synth category. Singer Finn Andrews is the main attraction here. When he gets especially worked up on "Killed By the Boom" he sounds a whole lot like Jack White, and throughout the album his shaky, dramatic wail is enough to keep things interesting. It works better when the musical accompaniment is a bite more raucous ("The Letter," "Three Sisters"). The second half of the album loses steam, but if you thought that last British Sea Power album was too over-the-top and are looking for something to fill that void, this will do nicely.
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