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My Vitriol Cemented Shoes(Infectious)
Was I just dreaming, or were previous Vitriol releases way more prickly and spunky than this? 'Cemented Shoes' is superior guitar-driven indie in trad-leaning classic vein, pleasantly anthemic but hardly a genre-subverting buzzsaw thrillfest. And the B-side, Wipers cover 'Wait A Minute', chugs merrily along like a newly-minted Foo Fighters track, which makes a lazy kind of sense. The Vits are about as good as sensible, second-stage-at-Reading, corporate indie-rock gets, which is not very. Foolishly idealistic, perhaps, to expect any more from them.
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