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Wallowing in emotional rock dirges in an Americanized version of Radiohead circa OK Computer and The Bends, this album does have a few bright spots, albeit too early and not enough to carry the remainder. The depth of both "Last Song on Earth" and the ethereal "Plum & the Outro" are promising, but lead singer Jimmy Tuckett tends to play each song in an overtly safe manner. Very miniature as far as originality, the band emits a rather deliberate, uninspired performance in a good portion of the songs. Lyrics such as "I wonder how it feels to be perfect instead of me" (on "Quasi-Dead") might seem genuine at the time of creation, but the delivery is too bland to lend much credence toward. Although the album stays clear of clich├ęs lyrically and the music seems good in spots, the overall effort is one of monotony. The potential is visible on songs such as "Phonophobic," but the album suffers from complacency.

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