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Hotel Lights, Girl Graffiti
Bar None Records, Aug. 16

08/04/11
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



If Moody Blues were suddenly reborn as Wilco it’d sound like this, the third record led up by former Ben Folds Five drummer Darren Jessee. Soft-spoken, mature, strummy and more radio-centered than similar products like Nada Surf, the songs are cinematic in ways that could find them used as centerpieces in faux-indie films, and actually you’ve heard this band if you’re a completist watcher of Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill. There are times (“Dave Sharkey to the Dance Floor”) that you wish you hadn’t ever heard the stuff because it sticks in the brain offering nothing of real melodic value, and meanwhile the highest decibel calibers are reserved for a couple of semi-joke tunes Folds wouldn’t ever touch. Despite these one-dimensional shortcomings, the band knows and serves its purpose well enough, breaking no china in its effort to background any 30-something melodrama that’ll have it. B-  —Eric W. Saeger






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