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Album Review: Marble Valley - 'Breakthrough'

Nothing here exactly sucks, but everything trundles along at such a narcotic pace

  • Release Date 17 Oct, 2011
  • Record Label Sea
  • Fact Steve West was formerly the drummer in Pavement
4 / 10
Patched together on Pavement’s recent reunion tour by their drummer Steve West, this latest outing from his solo project is unlikely to generate quite as many column inches. While it’s not entirely free of a certain ramshackle charm, West’s resolutely deadpan vocal and wry delivery put this closer in spirit to slacker kings The Dandy Warhols than anything that Team Malkmus would put their name to. Nothing here exactly sucks, but everything trundles along at such a narcotic pace that it’s tough to make it all the way through without half-wishing that some sort of catastrophic natural disaster would happen outside the window just to perk things up a bit.
Tom Edwards

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