Inuit

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Relying on a progressive rock sound for their backdrop, Inuit has some resemblance to a lightweight Jane's Addiction in terms of tone and melody. The vocals, also, are similar to Perry Farrell's delivery in areas. One noticeable aspect is how far down in the mix the guitar is, acting more as a setup for the percussion-heavy chorus and bridges. Unfortunately, the track relies too much on a strict and rigid formula to be highly creative. Influences such as early Pink Floyd and Primus can be found on "Chewable Vitamins" in its structure. But the track doesn't take the listener on much of a sonic journey, again relying on a substandard arrangement and little-to-none lead guitar. The title track gets off track and has much better results. A simple yet useful alternative rock downbeat with some brief guitar hooks is quite accessible here. Vocal effects on "Theory of Natural Selection" add much-needed texture, but the tight performance stifles the seed of a possibly great song. It's allowed room to develop, something other tracks could benefit from. "Pamona Down" is the album's highlight, a melodic instrumental which could be compared to "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. in its attractive simplicity. The album picks up with a rousing "Beeb." Here the trio does what should have been done from the onset, namely creating a tension and going somewhere musically with it. It's also the first hint of a guitar solo. Ending with a track that could be taken from a Hayden album, "To a Violent Grave" is a moody yet basic alternative rock rhythm showcasing the bassline just as much as the electric guitar. Although the album has a few high points, a larger portion of the record doesn't reach its full potential.

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