Rude Mechanicals


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The second album by this Atlantic Canadian group doesn't necessarily lend itself to any one genre, except a rock blueprint concocted by many airtight hit-and-miss alternative rock bands. What jumps out immediately is the high production values and pop sensibilities throughout. The sequence tends to be another plus, as each song builds on its predecessor. What is lacking, though, is a song that captures the essence of the album. When the vocals overtake the music, as on "I Confess," the result is almost painful to endure, as if there's too much emoting. "For the Sake of the Art" and "Orange Flowers" are the best of the lot, while "Goodbye Alibi" has the sound of the Cure in their brief, happy-go-lucky heyday. Generally a well-rounded sophomoric attempt.

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