The Snapdragons

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Although the Snapdragons' first (and it would turn out, only) major-label album was co-produced by Bad Religion founder/Epitaph Records owner Brett Gurewitz, don't expect Epitaph-style pop-punk here. Instead, the Snapdragons' unfortunately undistinguished music is rather like a one-band fusion of various strains of pre-Nevermind alternative music, ranging from the noodle-danceable opener, "Trail of Love," a lengthy piece of jam rock the Spin Doctors would have been proud to call their own, to the sort of limp, acoustic guitar-driven folk-pop that Edie Brickell & New Bohemians specialized in. The songs are mostly a catchy lot, with a clear Van Morrison influence on several, especially the sunny "Giant Islands," but singer Noel Rockwood's lyrics are kinda dippy, and there's a sort of preciousness to the attempts at college-boy funk (see the wah-wah-powered "The Turning of the Century") that presages the rise of the Dave Matthews Band and their ilk. Though not actually bad, there's little to recommend here.

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