The self-titled, self-released debut album from this New England-based band, Ten Story Love is a collection of bland, unconvincing guitar-powered pop/rock songs, which don't age well and shouldn't resonate far outside of the band's local fan base. Attempts at deep lyrical themes on songs like "This Island Earth" (complete with cheesy production effects alluding to the 1969 moon landing), fall far short of the intended impact. Even the album's best moments, like the opener, "The Perfect Girl," and "Marian on the Steps," an allusion to Marian Anderson's 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, seem shallow in retrospect. Although the album is a valiant indie rock effort, it really isn't worth anyone's time outside of New England.
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AllMusic Review by Steven Jacobetz