Lab Partners - Review for Wicked Branches:
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Lab Partners
Wicked Branches (Reverb)

By Daniel Levin Becker


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.