Cal Hollow

Two Bulb Twilight

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Falling somewhere between glossier alt-country bands and mainstream trad-rock in the vein of Matchbox 20 and Hootie & the Blowfish, Cal Hollow turned out a solid, workmanlike debut with Two Bulb Twilight. While Cal Hollow are still in the process of developing a distinctive sound, they nevertheless have a knack for well-scrubbed, anthemic roots-rock, and thanks to John Porter's clean production, they sound radio-friendly throughout the record. The main problem Two Bulb Twilight is that only half the tunes truly catch hold, which makes the band sound a little too generic for anyone that isn't an aficionado of the genre. Still, those songs that do deliver -- including the single "No Mercy," "Lindentown" and "I've Heard Everything Now" -- illustrate that Cal Hollow cannily walk the thin line between substance and commercial appeal, and they do so quite fetchingly.

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