– “Anthems…” Review

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“The problem is getting past the first impressions — the plodding monotonous rhythms (a la Red House Painters), the mossy falsetto that becomes easy to ignore after the first few songs, the chiming, echo-filled guitars that show an adoration for shoe-gazers. It’d be easy to discard it as not tuneful enough, but downbeat hey-look-at-me anthems like “Beer from a Bottle”, “Last Swim of the Year” and “I’ve Turned to a Life of Crime,” (which ends with Harmann “beggin you to stay”) catch your gaze and holds it. Produced by Graig Markel of New Sweet Breath (remember those guys?), taken as a whole, it soars more than plods.”