Third Sex

Back to Go

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Given that Back to Go is not the Third Sex's debut, it seems somewhat simplistic to once again point out their resemblance to Sleater-Kinney -- but it's a thing which is just as necessary here as it was when the band appeared. Yes, the Third Sex has much more of a pop edge than Sleater-Kinney -- the melodies are brighter, and the guitars tend more toward jangle than scratchy riffing -- but the band's general orientation seems a bit too much in line with this general vein of Northwestern rock to come across as anything more than second-string. Which is to say: Back to Go is a solid album, with more than a few snappy little rockers, but it's not a necessity the way an album like Sleater-Kinney's The Hot Rock is.

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