Missing Numbers

Missing Numbers

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Although the members of Minneapolis' Missing Numbers have histories in the roots rock scene (drummer Johnny Crist was in the Dashboard Saviors and keyboardist Bob McCreedy is ex-Volebeats), the group's debut album has much more in common with the noir blues-rock of Boston trio Morphine than the average alt-country act. This is due in large part to singer/songwriter Jimmy Peterson's dusky, Mark Sandman-style sing-speak voice and the conversational tone of lyrics like "The Trouble with You" and "This Is Nowhere." The songs are mostly minor-key blues, staying away from standard-issue 4/4 beats in favor of a more open, spacious musical landscape for Peterson and lead guitarist Casey Gooby, whose axe-wielding idol seems to be some cross between Neil Young and Rain Parade's David Roback, given Gooby's fondness for long-held notes draped in echo and feedback. Overall, the Missing Numbers have perfected a sound of their own, but they cling so tenaciously to it, with only the most subtle changeups between one song and the next, that it makes their debut album sound a bit one-note when listened to as a whole.

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