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Never Enough

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After a dalliance with Polydor that ended with the band signing with Cinematic Music Group, power pop aces Public Access T.V. make their full-length debut with Never Enough. It follows a significant amount of hype for the quartet beginning with legendary U.K. music mag NME declaring them "New York's Hottest New Band" before they'd even released an EP. They sold out their first show in the City in 2014, and soon booked tour dates supporting big-name acts including Weezer, Gang of Four, and a show at London's Hyde Park with the Strokes. The group's lead singer and main songwriter is John Eatherly, onetime member of Nashville indie rock group Be Your Own Pet. He and his bandmates bring a heaping spoonful of American power pop à la "My Sharona" and the Cars, mix it with a shot of the 2000s Brit-pop of the Libertines and the Kooks, and top it off with a heavy dose of New York swagger on Never Enough. It proves to be a fitting title for 12 tunes that clock in at under four minutes each with no real duds in the set. Adrenalized hooks are often offset by vocals that snarl and grouse but are happy to jump aboard melodies in the (often harmonized) choruses, such as on the opener, "In Our Blood." Later, "Summertime" drops a bit of glam into the mix, and "Patti Peru" struts out some loose-feeling garage. "Careful" offers the album's most enthusiastic vocal performance, in which Eatherly captures the spirit of Lennon and Gallagher. The record also extends a new anthem for New Yorkers in "I Don't Wanna Live in California." Though Never Enough certainly succeeds in providing classic infectious rock that sidesteps the often formulaic glaze of contemporary pop, above all else, it's just great fun.

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