Pulizzi can play fast and complicated, and his voice is penetrating -- occasionally even convincing. "One County" is a nicely utopian, faintly funky tune; "Midwestern Town" an endearing, if opaque, portrayal of the working-class grind. But he's so simplistic: Lyrics such as "The cycle of life will widow his wife/Should this be your life/Could this be your life" beg questions you really shouldn't ask. Pulizzi loves his mama ("Prologue/Mama"), and he's got buddies eager to help spread his vision. But that vision is unbearably treacly, rendering this little more than a calling card that might get Pulizzi sideman gigs.
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