Although they might bristle at the descriptor, Detroit area emo foursome Brooklawn blast through this handful of tracks with surprising passion and energy; at times soft and cradling, at others brash and searing. Vocalist Aaron Kasenow creeps in over a melodic guitar line on the album's highlight "Sounds Good On Paper," and when the hook crashes in, it's easy to envision a roomful of sweaty backpack kids and jaded music critics all surging as one on the beer-soaked floor of some indie dive. Meticulously produced with an honestly raw sound, Brooklawn evokes the upper ranks of the indie-pop crowd (the Get Up Kids, Braid, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Promise Ring), and despite their claim of being "Residential Rock," the band manages to avoid the "easy-fun-suburban" feel that plagues too many of the punk groups of the new century. Hopefully, this four-song EP is just an excellent calling card for what is certain to be an incredible album.
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AllMusic Review by Zac Johnson