Meanwhile, singer-guitarist J.R. Bennett is a fairly imaginative lyricist, but he's too influenced by old-school emo and Billy Corgan, smothering these five tunes in a raspy, discordant whine. Instead, Bennett should dig deeper into the country-folk tradition which the Unsparing Sea dabbles in. There, he'll discover a wealth of role models: crooners who communicated emotion not through raw expressionism (the downfall of modern rock), but through technique and skill.
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