Brooklyn Run

Brooklyn Run

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With a pretentious bio that cites Shakespeare and Matisse as artistic inspirations and some high-gloss production that saps all distinction from the band's alterna-rock delivery, Brooklyn Run fails to make a good first impression on its self-titled debut. There's little doubt that this is the work of a talented -- but way over-produced -- rock combo. Vocalist/bassist Matt Gillette sounds assured, and drummer Chris McCurdy flashes some stylish stick work. But Brooklyn Run's made-for-radio pop/rock tunes and prepackaged studio ornaments allow these musicians no opportunity for self-definition. Despite the prolonged success of formulaic post-Seattle rock bands (Our Lady Peace, Creed, etc.), it's hard to believe that people still believed that the crowded, drippy, radio-grunge landscape had room for another CD like this 2002 offering.

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