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One part Boys Don't Cry-era Cure, two parts R.E.M., Fireworks bears the usual suspects of mid-'80s influences on its sleeve. The six-song album, released on the Throbbing Lobster label, is a burst of clean, reverb-drenched guitar, earnest vocals, and, to be frank, songs that seem more concerned with barreling to their ends than with establishing any dynamics or hooks. That kind of freight train gusto can do wonders at a live show, but on a record it sounds as if the band is merely underdeveloped.

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