You'd never guess it from the somewhat grotesque cover art, but the debut from Champaign-Urbana's Signalmen is a cool, new wavey pop album that owes an enormous debt to guitar-rock gods Television. It's not just that Steve Burton and Mike Brosco's dual-guitar interplay recalls that of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, that Burton's strangled, nasal voice sounds uncannily like Verlaine's, that the Television dichotomy of one writer who favors arty inaccessibility (Burton) and another more into straightforward power pop (Brosco) is maintained...well, okay, it's all of that. The bossa-nova organ of Brosco's "Changing Room," probably the album's best song, is only one of the several cool touches the Signalmen adorn their songs with, clever arrangement ideas that make the album more interesting and varied than most.
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