Most of the 12 songs, which average about four minutes, cover the familiar terrain of relationships, but the tunes fail to engage the listener. Though band members sometimes produce well-constructed vocal harmonies, the singing is oppressively monotonous. Each vocalist sounds like Matthew Sweet stripped of sincerity. The music follows an equally monotonous path, relying on safe, bouncy verses followed by infectious choruses. "October Leaves," the album's ninth track, is the exception. It stands out because it layers lush guitars over a laid-back groove that builds steadily toward the verse. In other sections of the song, a pedal steel guitar adds texture, and horns provide a brassy push. Otherwise, this is a consistently average and ultimately forgettable album.
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