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Creeper Lagoon : Take Back The Universe And Give Me Yesterday
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An indomitable spirit runs through the record like a silver thread. Ian Sefchick's otherwise unremarkable voice has a rampant, breathless quality to it - he doesn't know what he's running towards, but what he wants to get away from (inertia, self-destruction, failure). Creeper Lagoon's desire to ditch the humble restraints of indie rock and head full throttle into razzle-dazzle pop is so intense they frequently overcompensate - laying on effects with an enthusiasm bordering on the obscene, cramming several terrific melodies into every song.
They are never anything less than inspired. 'Keep From Moving' is a seven-minute Afghan Whigs-style soulrock epic, 'Lover's Leap' turns up the Bowie, and 'Under The Tracks' marks the spot where Wheat meet Built To Spill. Uplifting and transcendent, 'Take Back...' brings lustre to a hackneyed genre. Second chances should never be wasted, even if the band are.
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