Via Audio “Animalore”

This album has its emergency brake on. There’s plenty to like, with entertaining guitar and a music box on “Goldrush.” It has a vaguely late-’80s feel. But there is something dragging the album down. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
You know how sometimes you just didn’t get enough sleep, so you sort of space your way through the day, bumping into things and making verbal commitments to social events that you’ll just flake on later? That’s what this album is. It focuses on natural talent, but you feel that they are holding back, as if they are recovering from a night at the Hemlock Tavern or something.
“Babies” is another fun one, carrying a melody reminiscent of Men at Work or A.M. Sixty. “Lizard Song” doesn’t make me want to save 15% on my car insurance, but the alternating tempo or whatever it is that it’s doing provides the hooks you need to be fully successful.
The last track is called “Happening.” It’s very quiet and slow, but it does leave you wanting more or at least hoping that the next record will have a sense of urgency.
I like this album because it sounds like something I can listen to over and over again. I can’t help but think, though, that the potential is there to be so much more.

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