Blurtonia

Blurtonia

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Following the dissolution of Change of Heart, frontman Ian Blurton got right back to work with a project named after himself, but Blurtonia is as much a band as Change of Heart seemed to be. While the first release under this new moniker was a bit tentative, this self-titled follow-up delivers the rock & roll: Each song is a compact burst of loud guitar glory, leaner than Change of Heart was at the end, but more direct than Blurtonia was the first time out -- the only time the music lets up is with the slower, moodier "Dissentionaire" (even that's still plenty loud) and the poppy album closer, "One to Another." While you could complain that this album is too short at just over half an hour, it's exactly the right half-hour's worth of material: "Cardboard Riot" is a great way to open the album, "Dissentionaire" provides an excellent mid-album breather, and "Mock Priest" is a blast of energy that revives your interest right near the end just before hitting you with the big pop number. With a group of songs this good, it's obvious that Blurton is ready to move past the legacy of Change of Heart -- the band that should have made it big but didn't -- and get on with the job of writing great music, no matter what name it's under.

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