Rubber Snake

Ten Shepherds Lost

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This power pop trio wastes no time setting an infectious beat with some catchy guitar work by Raymond Zilli on "Amsterdam," a track that has a great and effortless flow to it. Unfortunately, the bass-driven stop-and-start rock on "Jezebel" has a classic rock sound that the group could do without. A slow-building formula works best for the trio, particularly on "Rock and Roll (Climax)," which starts off with a melody similar to the Rolling Stones' "As Tears Go By" and evolves into a radio-friendly pop ballad. Lead singer and drummer Joseph Janisse seems more at home when the tempo is 4/4 and not some off-kilter 3/4 or 5/4 time, resulting in a song that has room for improvement. A good example is "Hold Tight," a track having the potential but not being fulfilled. The middle segment of the record strays into an emotional rock area, resembling a less-polished Jimmy Eat World on both "Slipping Away" and "Been in Love." Few tracks are throwaways or filler material at worst, such as the arena-like feeling on "Whistle." On a few occasions, the band tends to exude a confidence and bravado, blatantly visible on "She Knew."

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