Born in the Flood

The Fear That We May Not Be

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Denver-based emo quartet Born in the Flood's main feature is the slightly odd voice of singer/guitarist Nathaniel Rateliff, whose yelping, high-pitched delivery occasionally recalls that of Pere Ubu leader David Thomas. Would that the rest of the band had even a quarter of the personality and experimentalism of the Cleveland art punk mainstays, but the six songs on The Fear That We May Not Be are pleasant but anonymous emo-pop with few distinguishing features. Nice touches like the extensive use of electric piano (most notably on the album's best song, "Low Flying Clouds") aren't enough to compensate for the generally unimpressive lyrics and melodies on offer.

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