The Exit

New Beat

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"New Beat"? Not exactly, but it's certainly a good beat. What the Exit offers is fast (with a total time of 36 and a half minutes), punchy, melodic rock & roll that doesn't exactly break any new ground but makes good use of the fertile pop music soil that others have plowed before. This band also offers what may be the first-ever pop song named after the city of Watertown, MA. What's surprising is the amount of Police influence apparent on this band's debut album: "Sit and Wait" opens with what sounds like a paraphrase of "King of Pain," while "Trapped" features an inside-out ska beat similar to the one that drove "Roxanne"; the reggae intro on "Still Waiting" could have been lifted straight from Reggatta de Blanc. Overall, though, this band's sound is no more derivative than that of any of the other vaguely punk-inflected power pop groups on the air right now. Originality is overrated anyway; what really matters in pop music is the hooks. And this band has 'em. Recommended.

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