Isn't It Pretty to Think So?

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Mainly comprised of members of one-time Seattle sensation Field of Mars, Lightheavyweight emerge with one of 2001's greatest underground rock albums. With chilly, haunting guitar pop that is very reminiscent of The Bends-era Radiohead, the album's nine tracks soar through gorgeously arranged melodic progressions, with jangly guitars, drafty pianos, and understated horn sections creating a richly atmospheric foundation. Even as most tracks aren't quite as paranoid or caustic as the classic Radiohead sound, the same sense of impending doom and unease persists, echoed in both lyric and intonation. Vocalist Joshua Dawson emerges as a show-stopping vocalist as well, frequently breaking into falsetto and channeling an intensity akin to Thom Yorke and Jeff Buckley, and perfectly matching the drama inherent in the arrangements. All the comparisons aside, Lightheavyweight accomplish more in these 30 minutes than the majority of bands in the Radiohead cult have in their combined efforts.

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