The Clarks

Fast Moving Cars

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In their hometown of Pittsburgh, the Clarks routinely sell out arena-sized venues. And judging by Fast Moving Cars, the band's heartland approach to modern rock makes the Clarks a comfortable fit for the Iron City. Produced by Justin Niebank, the largely glossy disc rings loud and vibrant in a style akin to Vertical Horizon and Tonic, as evidenced by "Hell on Wheels," a melodic midtempo ode to muscle cars, and "Anymore," acoustic-tinged manna from mainstream rock heaven. Scott Blasey's positive approach to misery jolts the irresistible "Happy," and if the title cut's examination of the perils of touring seems textbook, the pedal steel-steered "Train" -- which offers a heartfelt glimpse at the oft-forgotten working class -- bows this mostly excellent rock album out in fine form.

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