Lab Partners - Review for Wicked Branches:
If Billy Corgan
were British, it's tempting to ask, would he have been a Lab Partner?
Never mind that the Lab Partners themselves are in fact from Ohio; their
brand of jangly and vaguely epic pop is as much Slowdive and Spacehog
as it is Smashing (Pumpkin-related or otherwise). "Wicked Branches"
moves on a bit from the shoegazey leanings of the group's debut, "Daystar,"
in favor of a cleaner and sunnier sound. Something pleasingly sinister
still remains, lending songs like "Blood Moon" and the appropriately
titled "Ride" some well-placed personality and atmosphere.