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Crafting the sort of heavy alternative rock that was a radio staple before rap-metal blew up, Cyclefly continues to get better with every album. Tracks like "Karma Killer" have a pleasantly catchy feel that puts the emphasis on the hooks instead of the heaviness. Of course this is derivative music, at times bringing to mind Jane's Addiction, among others. But oddly enough, this sounds a whole lot like an early-'90s alternative band named Love on Ice, whose claim to fame was an inclusion on the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack. Like that band, they make music that does not really classify as metal or straight alternative, but includes elements of both in a weird pop/rock soup. As far as the album goes, there are a few notable tracks that emphasize how much better they are on this album. The title track is a very likable ballad that creates a wistful mood, while "Drive" is a bouncy psychedelic pop song that takes more than a little influence from the Beatles. But the band wisely saved the best track for last, something that more mainstream rock acts should try. Like the glossy cousin to Sunny Day Real Estate's "Pilars," "Tales From the Fishbowl" finishes off the album with a swirling, epic feel that perfectly captures how good Cyclefly can be when they really put their mind to it. No, it is not anything new or original, but instead it is dependable, which was a rare occurrence in the pop/alternative landscape of 2002.

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