Album Review: Rival Schools - Pedals (Photo Finish/ Atlantic)
Out of hibernation and lost in the expanse of new sounds
At the very least, ‘Pedals’ proves that frontman Walter Schreifels has retained his ear for a good tune; the likes of ‘Eyes Wide Open’ and the much gentler ‘Racing To Red Lights’ boast the sort of shimmering choruses that remind you why these New Yorkers once seemed destined to lead the hoodie-clad invasion of the mainstream.
But you can’t help but feel that ‘Pedals’ would be more of a big deal if it was still 2003.
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