Savage Henry

All In

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To extend the poker metaphor of the album title, this Denver-based quartet's debut is more like a bunch of buddies getting together to drink beer and play a few hands of five-card stud than a high-stakes champion-level game. A genial mix of jam band looseness and mainstream pop hooks, the album suffers strongly from a certain facelessness: the title track opens the album with a semi-funky white-boy groove that strongly resembles vintage Spin Doctors, and throughout the album, echoes crop up of frat boy faves from the previous decade and a half. Singer and lyricist Damon Guerrasio has a good-natured delivery, but the band's mix of rubbery basslines, hip-hop-influenced drums, and alterna-rock guitar never exceeds the sum of its influences. Fans of Phish, Maroon 5, Smash Mouth, and near-forgotten one-hit wonders like Deep Blue Something, Fastball, and Semisonic will find All In a pleasant diversion, but there's little substance and even less originality to be found here.

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