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The Receiver, All Burn (Kscope Records)




The Receiver, All Burn (Kscope Records)
Cd Reviews: July 16, 2015

07/16/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



The Receiver, All Burn (Kscope Records)

If you ask me, way too many indie bands are claiming to write concept albums lyrically focused on the “peaks and valleys of relationships” — isn’t that what non-preteen-oriented pop music is in the first place? These two brothers from Columbus, Ohio, are right in the pack there, but their sound wants to be more proggy than quirky, for example “To Battle An Island,” which is the first of many tunes on this record that makes like ELP using Kraftwerk’s electronics array. The arrangements are ambitious enough, but they stubbornly adhere to an obtrusive Klaxons-ish near-Nintendo synth sound that ends up making it sound a lot less dreamy than the dream-pop aesthetic the duo aspire to. Some folks, however, would find that to be something decent, not a sticking point, and to them I’d say “help yourself.” I couldn’t claim to dig Minus the Bear and hate on these guys in the same breath. And it does grow less annoying as the album moves along, certainly. B-Eric W. Saeger





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