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There are some signs of musical growth from the previous Pegboy album, but thankfully not very many. Pegboy is a band that wouldn't be improved by subtlety -- their best attribute is that they're loud, fast, and rollicking. Lead singer Larry Damore sounds more tuneful on Earwig than on any other release by the band, but otherwise it's the usual Pegboy energy and slashing guitar rock. The highlight here is a particularly good cover of Mission of Burma's "Revolver," which has some really effective raw choruses. Sure, it's reminiscent of Hüsker Dü and a dozen other bands, but it's still fun to listen to even if it's not intellectually challenging.

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