Former Fiendz member Joe Darone sheds his punk skin on Suit of Lights, yielding an often appealing song cycle with this ten-track debut album. Augmented by Thursday guitarist Steve Pedulla, the disc is an alt-rock smorgasbord. The single-worthy "Waking Up Is Good" -- evoking the energy of the Clash and vintage Elvis Costello -- is the best thing here, but the pop lament "Goodbye Silk City" and the quirky experimental number "Swallow" are equally and easily digestible. Fans of Sub Pop's leading outfits the Shins and the Postal Service will be drawn to the somber effects of "Slap Me Five" and "Out of the Running," suggesting that Darone's winning songs and convincing arrangements will soon be hotly sought after by those in the know.
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AllMusic Review by John D. Luerssen