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CD Review: Stalemate 

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(facebook.com/stalemateohio)

It's not all that hard to find three guys in Cleveland rocking out on a bunch of songs about loss and life. What distinguishes Stalemate from the pack is the variety of sounds they try out on their latest album. Well-versed in rock, pop, and a little punk, the group throws them all out there and then some. At times, it feels like the record is spinning out of control, since there's no flow between songs: It's like listening to a different album each time a new one starts up. But Stalemate load up on dense guitars ("No Way Out"), psych rock ("Visitors"), and catchy lyrics throughout. You'll find yourself tapping your foot, bobbing your head, and humming along in no time. — Courtney Kerrigan

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