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AgesandAges, Alright You Restless
Knitting Factory Records, Feb. 15

02/03/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Next-gen hayloft-indie crossbred with the Glee production of the week.The fact that this rush job (eight days total in the studio) is put together so sturdily (there was a coed troupe of seven harmonizing singers to wrangle) speaks to the viability of this Portland, Ore., band’s live effect, at least as far as you might buy in to such obvious Bonnaroo bait, Mamas and Papas redux when it isn’t being cute and quirky. Toward “cute and quirky,” leader Tim Perry (ex Pseudosix) is a typical Win Butler/Pavement doof, though with more falsetto, which is nice and all, right, and I know there’s some nebulous sort of Summer of Love happening to the folkies, and I can respect the rights of the individual to be completely fricking clueless about what’s needed to fix “society,” but “Navy Parade” is so goddamned Blind Melon wimpy it makes me want to throw a Flyers jersey on Perry and drag him to a Bruins game (I mean come on, even Pete Seeger had his Hulk Hogan moments). I’m sure you’ve got the overall gist by now, flowers and group-hug singalongs for iPhone hippies, but leadoff song “No Nostalgia” will, I’ll admit, make compelling montage music for whichever corporate behemoth winds up hijacking it for use in commercials.

B-  — Eric W. Saeger






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