Acetone

York Blvd.

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A return to the half-studied, half-slipshod flair of Cindy, Acetone's satisfying 1993 debut, York Blvd. saw the California trio consciously producing their songs a bit more (with help from producer Eric Sarafin), and the result is a version of their trademarked sound that's much easier to love. "Wonderful World," the single in waiting, is practically a barnstormer after the narcoleptic flow of their late-'90s work, and it's much more polished as well. "Like I Told You" is another highlight, bluesy and up-tempo, but the slower material here works equally well. Jagged-edge guitars and shimmering cymbal work make "Bonds" a triumphal slow-grind ballad, and the opener "Things Are Gonna Be Alright" is another masterpiece of countrified, lazy-day pop.

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