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Without a Plan

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Without a Plan is an intelligent, witty, and modern-day trek through the back pages of bands like the Apples (in stereo) and the Beatles, and the album's innocence is its most endearing quality. Uncluttered by high production values or gimmicks, lead singer Andrew Rodriguez uses a lot of background instruments to create a strong effort overall. With the exception of the hard rock and anthemic "Don't Have a Clue," the album tends to have a light orchestral feel -- as in the title track as well as "Twisted Slopes" -- in the same vein as Sgt. Pepper's, creating a very sophisticated '60s vibe. Although a few lyrics could use improvement, the simplicity of "Sometimes," with its infectious twang, is audibly attractive. Despite the fact that there isn't a truly remarkable song here, the sum effect is certainly larger than its parts.

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