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V.16 No.50 | 12/13/2007

Sonic Reducer

Rat Wakes Red Energy Garage · Gray Beast The Album That Killed Its Parents · Various Artists Tango Around The World

If a band releases an EP slightly longer than a commercial break, each song had better be pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, indie-pop group Rat Wakes Red only hits it out of the park once in four tries. The title track is a murky, slow but satisfying folk tune that thrives on layered melodies and graceful melancholy. The other three lack the refinements of Energy Garage and come off as whiney, ho-hum attempts at catchy alt.pop. It's worth a trip to the iTunes store to grab the record's one success, but anything further is ill-advised. (SM)

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