Sexual Tension

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Jade Tree is now so entrenched as the Amer-indie scene's premier emo label that it's tough to believe that at one time the company was a platform for the likes of suave pop chameleons Eggs. Issued on no less than lavender marbled vinyl, "Sexual Tension" sounds like nothing else in the Jade Tree catalog, a dirge-like, tightrope-tense (and wonderfully tongue-in-cheek) meditation on repression and frustration of the romantic persuasion. As for the B-sides, "In State" is the kind of horn-enriched, drum machine-driven acoustic pop song that a decade later Badly Drawn Boy would kill to write, and "Fever" is just that -- a faithful, suitably sultry rendition of the Peggy Lee pop classic.