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Judging by the opening, fans of Jimmy Eat World and other power pop bands would love this Australian quartet. Sleepyhead is a perfect example, bringing to mind Gin Blossoms with a subtle accent. From the soaring guitar solos to the tightness of the group, the song is a promising start. From The Loft appears later in the album yet carries the same intensity. Cotton Oriental Pants though is a tad moody and without much punch. Lead singer Donnie Dureau gives a credible performance but there isn't much bite to the track. Here the group comes across as a feeble Bush. Thankfully Uptight returns to the group's asset, making it a modern day Psychedelic Furs in some instances. Dureau and fellow guitarist Adrian Lombardi give very good performances for the song's duration. The title track is another infectious power pop song that is winding and swirling, changing tempos as if it was changing gears. But the momentum wanes with Loss, a percussion-oriented song that never gets off the ground. Too often the band relies on a melancholic opening, especially on Scotch In The Clown, a song with some nifty lyrical imagery but not enough urgency. When Blueline Medic appear to be having fun, they are very solid. Perfect Son is rough around the edges musically but the energy is quite apparent. The Moment Hasn't Come is an airtight and infectious song that stands out above the rest.
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