American Princes

Little Spaces

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If Little Spaces, the debut full-length by American Princes, is any indication, Little Rock indeed rocks -- in an aggressive, indie style. Commencing with the soulful, Spoon meets Afghan Whigs feel of "I Want to Be Good," such aspirations yield scorchers like "Rock n Roll Singer" and "The Sun Never Sets," where jagged riffs and chaotic harmonies collide like a five-car pileup. Co-lead vocalists/guitarists David Slade and Collins Kilgore don't always slay, however, with "Man's World" sounding like a sluggish, atonal rant. They don't always shred, either, as the acoustic platform of "In the Dark" and the heartfelt, liquor-drenched "Providence, R.I." exhibit with stellar results. Simply put: a mostly kickass band.

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