Herring Boys

Lucky Number Seven

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On Lucky Number Seven, veteran Champaign, IL bar rockers the Herring Boys fall somewhere between the dusky yearn of Let Me Come Over-era Buffalo Tom and Counting Crows' robust pop. With the broken down grace of a thousand nights spent in the tavern, they expertly mix grainy distortion with wry lyrics and country tinge with bold string overtures. Mouthpiece and principal songwriter Paul Kotheimer channels Adam Duritz's jaded whine on "Getting My Act Together," while "Don't Call Me" adds a bit of '60s pop flair to its straightforward rock push. Best is "Last Time We See Each Other," which builds from acoustic melancholia and Kotheimer singing dejectedly into his lapel to a brace of basic but effective power chords, the high, swelling lilt of chirping violins, and the ultimate summer evening line, "just you and me and an 8-track player."

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