Rite Flyers

Rite Flyers

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On their eponymous debut, the Rite Flyers ascend into the indie pop clouds with the help of Spoon's Jim Eno, who lends drums and production help to the album's six best (out of a total of 16) tunes. And it's on these tracks that the Flyers -- aka the songwriter/guitar duo of Steve Collier and John Clayton -- reveal a keen sense of hooks, harmony, and melody. From the gorgeous, driving "Skyscraper" to the heart-wrenching rock of "Ex-Wife Birthday Card" and on to the Lemonheads and Matthew Sweet-reminiscent "It Makes No Difference," the Rite Flyers could have built one hell of an EP. Instead, they cull a pretty good long-player that suffers in the self-editing department, resulting in mid-album material like "The Hardest Part of Flying" and "The Cricket Invasion" that tends to lack distinction.

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