But alas, this is but the first act in a three-part drama, with the latter two-thirds a bit lacking in inspiration. Slow ballads such as "Comfort Zone" and "Disagree" don't do much for anyone, and they betray their direct influences a bit too freely. "Tuesday Morning" sounds alarmingly like Blessid Union of Souls' "I Believe," with the same vocal lines, an electric guitar replacing the piano, and a slightly different chorus. Then comes an ill-advised, angst-ridden "If I Could Fly," which has slow-burn atmosphere, but the lyrics are dorky. Finally, TMO tries to merge the solemn with the cheery on "Serious," which sounds a bit too summery to carry the weight of lyrics like "He put a razor to his wrist/Closed his eyes and made a fist/And he swore to God that he was serious." TMO is a tight, diligent band with some cool ideas and harmonies, but not much of a singular identity.
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