The Other 99

At the Eleventh Hour

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The four-man guitar band never seems to go away. While some variations on the theme exist, the model is tried and true. The Other 99 takes up the torch carried by bands like R.E.M., Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cracker, and Jayhawks, offering up your basic middle of the road melodic pop/rock. Although there's nothing terribly unique about At the Eleventh Hour, there's certainly nothing bad about it. That's a fine accomplishment in itself, as a lot of bands simply make bad records. This one goes down nice and easy, and might just remind you of how fun this genre of simple, organic music can be in these days of manufactured and manipulated pop. The opening track "Happy" has a very Gin Blossoms jangle bounce to it, making good on its title, while "Over It" shows the sensitive side of the story. A few of the other tunes, especially "Everywhere," "Last Juliet," and "Corner of Your Heart," will keep you guessing what they remind you of. You may not find an answer, but it will make you listen a few more times. That's the way it is with At the Eleventh Hour -- very reminiscent, but not incredibly original; enjoyable enough to have in the collection, just maybe not in the six-disc changer.

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