Many a time a band puts out an album that has a few good songs, prompting people to comment it would have made a nice EP instead. One Time Angels made that EP. Tricks and Dreams features the same core of singer Douglas Sangalang, drummer Eric Alexander, and bassist Micky Dunegan who recorded the debut full-length, Sound of a Restless City, but the group expended to a four-piece with the addition of Scott Hay (formerly of Receivers and Plus Ones) for their first Lookout! disc. Hay helped fill out the band's sound impressively, and each of the six songs presents a juicy slice of melodic, punk-inspired rock that fails to subscribe to many of the clichés of the genre. Some might lump the emo tag on the East Bay natives, and that's not entirely inaccurate, but such pigeonholing sells a band who refuses to dwell in bleakness and draws from the likes of Hüsker Dü and Big Star for inspiration. Ultimately, Tricks and Dreams supersedes their debut and makes One Time Angels one to keep an eye on.
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AllMusic Review by Brian O'Neill