The Rewinds

The Rewinds

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This Alabama group are a tight, polished power pop band who could be mistaken for being from the Midwest, particularly with a catchy uptempo and guitar-fuelled nugget like "New Shade of Red," that sounds like a cross between the Kinks and Gin Blossoms. Lead singer Michael Shackelford also shines on the midtempo, galloping "Everytime" that recalls the Clarks if they'd been influenced by the Killers. At times, though, the band get a tad too comfortable in this niche, resulting in good but rather ordinary pop/rock tracks like "Something Else" which isn't really "something else." But thankfully, that charm returns with the tight and sugary roots rock of "Ghostriders" with the hi hat of drummer Brooks Marks working overtime. Unfortunately they hit a mellow '70s era vibe with "Killing Me" that sounds like Bread, but they redeem themselves later with a fabulous four/four timed "Sentimental Flow" that brings to mind Weezer without the huge guitar hook but with great harmonies. The album's sleeper pick or dark horse might be the rather downbeat but winding and pleasing "Melody," despite it petering out after just two minutes. Two other fine but unspectacular tunes are the punchy "It's Not the End" and "See You in the Underground." If there are any huge drawbacks, it's the ten-minute "Calling Your Name," which contains roughly six to seven minutes of dead air, a tired old "hidden bonus track" ploy that rarely impresses.

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