6 Minute Mile

The Race for Second

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6 Minute Mile's energetic power pop on its debut, The Race for Second, tips a hat to Midwestern bands from the Replacements to Hüsker Dü while mixing in a little Dinosaur Jr. bombast. "Yellow" moans and groans over the same kind of jangle that made Where You Been so great, "And You Call It Shelter" comes off like a heavier version of fellow Northwesterners Death Cab for Cutie, and at times ("Fire on the Moon," for example) 6 Minute Mile even sounds like Blue Album-era Weezer. The Seattle group never quite reaches the massive guitar heights of J Mascis, but is at its strongest when working Guided By Voices-like rock tunes. "Light the Fuse" chugs along with a solid groove and "Pilot" evokes early R.E.M. -- no tricks or wizardry, just good old rock & roll.

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