Here It Comes

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Fiver perfected its intrinsic noise pop with Grandaddy's Jason Lytle on 1999's Eventually Something Cool Will Happen, and two years later the band's sweetly tainted work remains inviting. Here It Comes, Fiver's third album for Devil in the Woods, is ambitious, but in the sense that Fiver is coming together as a band. The band strives for something passionate, but also for something smooth. Frontman David Woody is a wounded soul; his aching vocals barely breathe, but offer something soothing. The swirly soundscapes on songs like "Goner" and "Desires of the Lazer Age" highlight space rock edges mixed inside an indie rock work in progress. Sludgy synth beats on "O Fearless One" soar into a dreamy state of mind, and the echoing pain of Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous depicts Fiver's own disdain. Not exactly optimistic or warm, the band sifts through inner senses on "Speeds of Light," wandering through lush textures and glossy hooks. Here It Comes is artistically scattered, and Fiver's initial introduction on this album is dark and puzzling. The group is a perfect fit inside indie rock's ever-changing face, however.

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