Chemical People

Arpeggio Motorcade

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On Arpeggio Motorcade, Chemical People deliver performances equal to the material of their previous self-titled studio release. Unfortunately, the polished mixes and convincing vocal performances are not matched with songs of sufficient quality. "No Reason Why" and "No Hope" ramble rather nicely like triple-A versions of Social Distortion. These two relatively accomplished pieces are exceptions to the Arpeggio Motorcade standard of soft rock yawners. Both opening numbers, "Counting Days" and "The Last One," are identical melodic rockers in the vein of Goo Goo Dolls. Approximating such a poorly defined band is hardly an accomplishment, and when the attempt doesn't include monster hooks similar to those of upstate New York's favorite sons, well, that just might qualify as a modern rock sin.

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