From the choppy drum-beat interlaced with an incredible guitar melody in the first few seconds of the opening track 'Shower Scene', you know this is going to be amazing. '188.8.131.52' is an outstanding and totally refrehsing album from a band with unique but not over-the-top ideas. Hailing from the "emo" haven of Chicago, Sweep The Leg Johnny has a sound that never gets old or repetetive. The currents and melodies of the songs change enough to keep things interesting yet still maintaining focus and theme. Imagine taking the creative beauty of Braid, making the melodies a little more quirky and odd, using slightly rougher vocals, more abstract lyrics, and then throwing in a wild dynamic saxophone. This is the fusion that is STLJ- and it is forceful and intense. From sandpaper-rough carcrash barrages of noise to sweet and pretty swells of sound, this album has it all. Highly recommended to fans of Braid, caP'n Jazz, and other such creative and youthful bands.
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AllMusic Review by Blake Butler