No-Shadow Kick

Basement Make-Out Party

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No-Shadow Kick's Basement Make-Out Party does a good job of showcasing the band's chops, sense of humor, and musical influences, but none of these elements really jell into a cohesive album. Their stripped-down sound and the album's slightly rough-around-the-edges production values are appealing, however, on tracks as varied as the quasi-emo of "Daft"; the jazzy, math rock-influenced "Sat Through Tues. in July"; and the pretty Beck- and Pavement-inflected "Scarecrow Waltz." Quirky songs like the lounge singer parody "I'll Love You in the End" add even more eclecticism to Basement Make-Out Party, but what the band really needs is more focus and consistency in their sound, not less. Still, No-Shadow Kick displays enough ideas and ability on this album to make their future efforts worth anticipating.

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