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The Lonely Forest, Adding Up The Wasted Hours




The Lonely Forest, Adding Up The Wasted Hours


10/31/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 From Washington state we have four lads wanting to reboot twee-rawk, and they’ve had some success with their previous record, Arrows, which led to an opening slot on a Death Cab for Cutie tour, and then to Chris Walla producing this new full-length, a paint-by-numbers CMJ-pandering whose first couple of Arcade Fire-like snoozers may get a few spins on the TGIFridays overheads on date nights. The plaintively repeated closing line “Please don’t go, please don’t leave” perfectly fits the textbook emo basics of “Left Hand Man” — it’s as if they transform into Hoobastank for a minute there, which they seemed to be doing insidiously even prior to that, now that I think of it.  But it’s back to Bonnaroo-headliner basics in Xanax-rocker “Neon Never Changes,” a patina of Animal Collective glittering over the neutered Metric-like sports-bar guitars.  If there were any doubts these guys bore a slight resemblance to REM, the eye-rollingly titled “Last Time (I Said Your Name)” fixes that pretty quick, never even mind the Stipe-as-wounded-lover whining that stretches over the title track (the chorus of which has the closest thing to an out-of-the-ordinary melody you’ll find here). C+ — Eric W. Saeger

 





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