An easily digestible five-song CD EP, Keepsakes in the Garbage is a near perfect slice of peppy, suburban, middle-American pop music. The opening track, "Mountain Sun," is chock full of irresistible hooks that place it firmly in the "should've been a hit" category. Lyrically, the album is pervaded by a subtle melancholy that's reminiscent of the best work of the Lemonheads, particularly on the title track and "Mountain Sun." The crunchy guitars serve to further reinforce the similarity, although the ultra-tight rhythm section of Matt Walker (drums) and John Shulte (bass) gives the band a drive and swing that the much janglier Evan Dando and crew could never approach. The last song, "Beautiful," is just that, a very pretty acoustic guitar/vocal/harmonica ballad that's ripe for covering for any number of Americana artists. Here vocalist/songwriter Brad Peterson's voice takes on a certain raspy delicacy that lifts the tune a step above the other tracks. Overall, Keepsakes in the Garbage contains all the essential elements of the best indie pop: unpretentious lyrics sung with emotional honesty, a great melodic sense, and a rockin' band.
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AllMusic Review by Pemberton Roach