Maybrick

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Coming off eerily like the Smiths or a revitalized Suede, this Toronto-based band mixes glam rock with the slightest trace of more aggressive rock vigor, exemplified by the closing "Crinoline." The brilliant closing track resembles Radiohead at the top of their game. The title track starts off with a credible if imperfect melody, but the pretty and morbid groove in "Falling for the Oldest Track in the Book" is similar to Suede's "Down" in tone and tempo. Brian Scott's guitar shines through over lead singer Joshua Norton's emotive Brit delivery. "Lazy" is anything but, with a great and deliberate guitar building one crunchy riff after another. Keyboardist Dan Mathers adds to the song's shine with his touches. There are also obvious influences from the Cure, especially on "I Follow, You Lead," which allows each instrument to enter the song in the introduction, with the vocals beginning after more than a minute. Thankfully, only a couple of songs sound a bit forced or tired, perhaps attempting to re-create the early- to mid-'80s alternative rock sound perfectly, as "Without" is evident of that. "Lizzy Stride" consists of a mid-'80s pop\rock slant, but with lovely guitar solo at its core. Obviously, the highlight has to be a softer, more melodic guitar-driven "My Last Night Ends Just As It Began," with Norton hitting all the right notes along the way. But equally brilliant is the anthem-like "Abductee," particularly its long and winding instrumental closing.

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