The Pop Shove-Its

The Pop Shove-Its

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Taking all that is sweet about bubblegum rock and pop, the trio that are the Pop Shove-Its make a decent attempt at standardized summer cross-country-driving rock on "Off the Rail," but it seems to fall a bit off the mark. That isn't to say the entire album is off the mark, but a few alterations in the track listing wouldn't hurt. The slow-building rock of "Revolutions" is infinitely superior with its tight harmonies and jangle-like guitar bridges. The harmonies of Rob Skitmore and Costa McKay work well in the power pop rock of "Three Day Stay" as do the guitar riffs of Skitmore. The strong start to "Dissipate" unfortunately lives up to its moniker, as the verses tend to suffer from the start, taking more than half the song to regain its momentum. Resembling a melding of Gin Blossoms with Thrush Hermit on "Lipe," the trio have the abilities to go onto bigger things but tend to play it a bit safe in their arrangements, despite almost coming to a complete stop midway through the number. Thankfully, the finale of "At Home" demonstrates their talents, but the extended length of the tune is disappointing. The hidden track resembles a modem attempting to make an Internet connection over three minutes, not worth the wait. Nonetheless, this is a decent first impression from an "emo" rock trio.