June 15, 2006

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Delaware, Lost In the Beauty of Innocence
Metropolis Records, 2006

Shamefully depressing indie-bubble for single parents and pop miscreants who’d love to hear what Maroon 5 would sound like if they’d never gotten their big dumb break and were instead stuck working as LPNs on the oncology ward. The trail of emo evidence goes back ten years to this Norwegian band’s hardcore beginnings, long since stomped by The Man, leaving us with a strung-out but captivating attempt at Blink 182 for adults. Nice switch to have the real crusher start out the album; “The Fourteenth” is one of those rainy but hideously catchy things that won’t leave your brain alone, reducing you to a scowling, introspective sadboy whether or not you have anything to be bummed about - think Socialburn meets the ghost of Eleanor Rigby with cooler philharmonics. “CS” lead-foots the soap-opera strings in an oddly Euro-folkish ballad capped with more Thursday-like hand-wringing; “A Butterfly Kiss” kicks back with a burb-alt groove that points to Paris, Texas as a likely influence. B

— Eric W. Saeger.


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