The Sad Machine

CD Review: The Singular 

The Sad Machine

This talented Cleveland foursome cites Modest Mouse, Radiohead, Josh Ritter, and Wilco as influences. And they live up to those high standards on their debut album, which follows a pair of EPs. There are some missteps on The Sad Machine — the coy "CMF" sounds like Barenaked Ladies, hardly a band that should be uttered in the same breath as Wilco — but mostly it hits its targets. "Patience as a Virtue" aims for Radiohead grandeur and nearly pulls it off. So does "One More Machine," which sounds a little like "Karma Police." Lush piano ballads like "When the World Ends" hint at Coldplay-style craftsmanship. Singular may not be a totally original group, but they're on their way. Niesel

With the 4-Q's, Leah Lou, and Comfort Clouds. 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 10. Thursday's Lounge. Free; call 330-253-2651 or go to thursdayslounge.com.

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