Not to be confused with the Los Angeles band of the same name, Milwaukee's Twinstar debuted their brand of brash emo pop on 2002's Dovetailing, the quartet's full-length. The album's opener, the gritty "Mistakes Make the Man," showcases Jim Hanke's calm vocals and the band's tight instrumentation. Jeremy Benishek (guitar, piano), Adam Holly (drums), and Dan Siercks (bass) round out the lineup. Comparable to the likes of Hey Mercedes, feverish tracks like "In Symmetry" and "The Spark" show the band at their best, showcasing a focused and deliberate sound. On "A Geneva July," they slow things down, creating a more laid-back sound, complete with cello by guest musician April Allison. Some of the songs are eerily reminiscent of the Promise Ring, while other tracks, while certainly emo, aren't as easily comparable to any of their emo counterparts. The disc ends with "Anchored," possibly the catchiest track of the disc. Steve Ruppa adds guitar on some tracks, while Nate Hanyzewski, Garrison Latimer, and Walt Lontkowski provide guest vocals throughout. The album was produced by Ruppa and Matt Miller at Mission Control Studios in Kenosha, WI. Jet Black Records released Dovetailing in 2002.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer