The Dum Dum Bullets are a lo-fi indie pop bunch that make music similar to some of Lou Barlow's early work. They opt for better production than what Barlow used to utilize, and definitely have a better sense of song structure. But that's where they have the upper hand on him, because they simply cannot make this formula work for them despite how hard they try. The tracks are very gentle and slow moving, which can work very well when executed a certain way, but here that becomes a burden. Between the amateurish guitar work and the so-coy-it-hurts vocals from James Minderhout, the delivery is completely wrong for these songs. Sometimes they come very close to making it work, like on the shuffling "Time to Shut Up." But most of the time its the same old formula, and it is definitely sad to witness the formula bomb. And the band comes very close to making it happen, it isn't like they lazily put these tracks together. They just need some time to develop their sound more, but this is a pretty shaky debut from a promising young band.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano