Partners - Review for Wicked Branches:
12 song CD
In the intro to Wicked Branches,
Lab Partners provides a way for you to clean your musical palate, giving
you an open opportunity to begin anew with fresh ears. It's a short
atmospheric piece which comes and goes in just under 40 seconds, but
it's enough to prep you for the rest of the disc.
The album starts off firmly footed in modern indie rock, but soon moves
out into more eclectic fare. The songs never settle into one distinct
sound or genre, as they run the gamut of college guitar rock influences.
Sometimes they jangle, sometimes they shimmer, and sometimes they just
rock with dissonance. The lack of focus isn't a problem, though, as
the songs are interesting enough in themselves. If anything, this patchwork
makes the band even more endearing, as it's hard to get a handle on
them at first glance.
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