Self Righteous Brothers

In Loving Memory

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Boston art pop collective the Self Righteous Brothers are as self-consciously quirky as their name, making their debut album a sometimes frustrating mishmash of clever ideas hampered by clever-clever ideas. As a result, a decent piece of strummy indie guitar pop like "Alan Watts" is interrupted by a lengthy, occasionally atonal harmonica and horn section segment that has little to do with the catchier and far superior tune it supplants. Pretty much every track on In Loving Memory has some irritating or off-putting aspect to it; the best ones, like the sprightly, folk-rocking "Graduated Cylinder," get the obnoxious part out of the way early and try to salvage the rest of the song with cool arrangement touches and catchy choruses. Somewhere in this self-indulgent mess is a pretty solid album's worth of somewhat odd but tuneful pop tunes (the atrocious pun of the title obscures the lovely instrumental interlude "Didjeridon't"), but it takes some digging to get to them.

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