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SPECTRAVOX – CD

      I finally got around to really listening to this after a couple of cursory listens over the past month or two in the backlog pile.  On their debut, Spectravox plays melodic (almost to the point of mersh) alternative rock full of bittersweet yet jangly guitars and a vibe that calls the early and mid 90s alt rock bands to mind at times (think more They Might Be Gaints or Cracker than Weezer).  Lyrically, these personal songs have a somewhat sardonic tone with a slight amount of darkness and humor laced within as they sing of love gone wrong, hate, murder, drinking, car crashes, and the like with a slight twist.  Admittedly, the songs do seem to wear their influences on their sleeves at times but on disc there is a potential here that, if nurtured and explored fully, could find Spectravox becoming a damn good guitar based alt rock (for lack of a better term) band.  Still, for a fairly new band, Spectravox has managed to create a listenable debut that should appeal to both power pop fans as well as those people raised on the 90s end of “classic alternative.”  (BOONE)


(myspace.com/spectravox or from CD Baby)

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