CD Review: Mild Mannered

Believeland (Finished Basement)

Mild Mannered is a clever name for an alt band whose style has fallen out of fashion. The Cleveland quartet's toothy, guitar-embittered power pop recalls Sloan or the slicker side of Hole that never really got to develop beyond Celebrity Skin. Believeland is fancy: "Applehead" incorporates a kiddie choir, staccato piano parts, and a trumpet. But it rocks too ("Me" shifts from minor power chords to a ripping guitar solo). John Casa pounds the skins as his wife Jennifer drives the melodies and Tony Bunce's thick bass adds weight to the songs. It's been a while since blindingly bright twin guitars have been heard on any kind of radio station ... or a blog for that matter. Mild Mannered deserve a listen. — Dan Weiss

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