Spinning Jennies

Peer Pressure

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San Francisco's Spinning Jennies fine-tuned their pop skills on "Peer Pressure," their fourth album and the first for Vast Records. The album kicks off with a spirited opener, the anthemic "Tea & Apathy," and barely slows down throughout. "Tea & Apathy" is a perfect example of what Spinning Jennies do best; hook-filled, guitar-heavy, loud pop numbers loaded with hooks. It's true that nothing else on the album has the immediacy of the opening track, but there are other strong points throughout; the surging title track and the sonic rush of the mosh pit-ready rocker "Miracle" are the two best examples. Lyrically, singer Jeff Shelton's voice sounds almost eerily similar to Ken Stringfellow of the Posies, and that's not a bad thing at all considering the strength of his voice. While not overly distinctive, Shelton's vocals do fit the music perfectly; from eerie to earnest to foreboding, he -- and Spinning Jennies -- do it all quite well.

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