Potatomen

On the Avenue

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On the Avenue does not, on the whole, live up to the Potatomen releases that followed it (all of which grew steadily more complex and appealing). This four-song EP has a drawling, amateurish quality that doesn't match the tight, punk-structured indie of Now or the more mature (and better-written) tunes of the LPs that followed. That's not to say that On the Avenue is strictly for Potatomen completists -- it's not an entirely bad collection, particularly for such formative work -- but most listeners would be better off starting with the band's later releases.

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