Capgun Coup

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Capgun Coup veer all over the musical map with this collection of songs, but the biggest problem is how they are delivered at times. "Oh, My Mod" is a haunting, barren tune that sounds as if it were recorded in singer Sam Martin's bedroom. Meanwhile, "Social Security Numbers" resembles some mash-up between Violent Femmes and the Cure, as voices are splintered throughout the song. Yet things slowly begin to hit a creative iceberg and submerge the band, as is the case with the quirky and ineffective "Elephant of Surprise," which might only be salvaged by a band like Dogs Die in Hot Cars. There are some songs that are passable, but only barely, including the odd "Time," with its keyboard accents, and the feel-good, breezy "Fucked." On the other side of the spectrum are utter disasters such as "My Tears Cure Cancer" and "Adorable Doorsteps," which are B-sides at best. Probably the only highlights here are "A Talentless Tragic Kid's Cattle List," with enough Peanuts-like charm to make it worth a few listens, and the rootsy "Bobby Chops and the Do-Gooders." However, the majority of this album can be tedious and difficult to enjoy.

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