Atticus Fault

Atticus Fault

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Atticus Fault's self-titled debut is competent but somewhat anonymous modern rock that has obviously absorbed a lot of influences, but perhaps so many that there's not much room for the band's own personalities to assert themselves. Maybe, from some A&R viewpoints, that's viewed as an asset in getting radio play. Yet it's hard to figure how this is going to stand out from the throng, both commercially and (far more importantly) to listeners. There are some almost new age-ish electronics here and there (particularly on the opening "Soundtrack"), yet at heart it's a big-sounding guitar album with earnest, expansive vocals and uplifting harmonies, and touches of grungy grit and folk-rock-ish delicacy. The songs have a yearning, spiritual overlay without getting too specific about what these fellows want or seek. There are also some alternations of quiet contemplative passages with barnstorming loud guitar assaults, which, by the early 2000s, were getting overworked throughout pop in general. And there aren't strong enough melodies to make the amorphous nature of the material less irrelevant. They sound like drifters through the sea of early 21st century AOR, and as they drift so does the listener's attention.

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