Cult of One

Those Endearing Young Charms

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Cult of One may sound like the name of an artsy, trendy gothic or alternative rock act, but in fact, Those Endearing Young Charms comes across as the work of an unpretentious bar band that was simply intent on having some fun. The little-known CD (which draws on influences ranging from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones) seems a bit underproduced, and therein lies much of its appeal. "Strum Along and Get Off Key," "(Lookin' For) An Answer," "Our Misfortune" and other spontaneous-sounding material is devoid of slickness, and the obscure southern California foursome is well served by its earthy, rootsy leanings. Not groundbreaking or brilliant but certainly very likable and honest, Those Endearing Young Charms is worth acquiring if one is able to find a copy.