Ernie and the Automatics

Low Expectations

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Ernie & The Automatics make crowd-pleasing rock music with touches of jazzy piano, sax, and keys. Cynicism creeps in via the lyrics, though, as on the nicely jaded "The Good Times (Never Last)." Some of the members have clocked time with no less iconic a band than Boston, and the songs on LOW EXPECTATIONS have the same immediately accessible big rock vibe as that band. The title track allows for wailing guitar and self-deprecating vocals, and "Fly in the Milk," with its loping bass and cool jazz piano, is the funkiest of the bunch.

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