Despite their occasionally indie-rock guitar constructions, Permafrost are essentially a pop band, as evidenced by the extreme fronting of very non-indie and blues-based female vocals on much of In Harm's Way. Thus, while the band's sound occasionally comes across as rather standard, it's really not -- all of their pop and classic-rock oriented tones seem built on indie-rock sensibilities, a combination that's not often encountered. In Harm's Way does not feature exceptional songwriting, conceptualizing or anything else inspired -- but whatever sort of listener gets into this mainstream but vaguely unusual vein of rock, it might be a good addition.
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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe