Bellows opens with the rollicking all-in-together rock of "Barely Survivin'," a song which insightfully and entertainingly pits militaristic bravado against old-fashioned common sense and which features guitarist Steve Murphy in a number of short solos. The light and airy feel of the slightly nonsensical "2-Ply Blues" is complemented exquisitely by bassist Chris Jordan's clean upper registers. Keyboardist and resident carpenter Paul Argiro supplies the backing bounce for Murphy's vocals on the totally original literary juxtaposition "Leave My Dog Alone" (which has been judiciously cut relative to its demo version). "Benches" is another cheerful and intelligently crafted tune dealing with the handyman's workshop so familiar to Argiro, who takes both lead vocals and a short piano solo on the upbeat two-line rhyme-fest "Wisdom" (which also features a short Beatlesque solo by Murphy) and again on the lazy flowing "River Modetta," which slows the album before its rousing reprise of the opening coda.
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AllMusic Review by Matthew Robinson