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Songs from a Second Wave
Rainbow Quartz

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004

Rainbow Quartz released Songs from a Second Wave; this fact alone should tell you most of what you need to know about this album. Like practically all of their label mates, The Telepathic Butterflies churn out the British Invasion-influenced power-pop like prog, punk, new wave, grunge,and lo-fi never happened, and this record fits the template to a capital T.

Though The Butterflies may be interchangeable with any number of similar acts, they nevertheless do an admirable job of taking the rough and tumble melodicism patented by The Who, The Kinks, The Move, et al, and stripping away any sense of danger or spontaneity without pouring the sugar on too thickly.

Taken in as individual tunes, all of Songs from a Second Wave's songs do the trick, with hyperactive bass lines and multi-faceted song structures doing their best to draw your attention away from just how overworked this territory is, and actually succeeding during the disc's first half.

As the album develops (or fails to, rather), though, the sameness of it all causes it to sag, and the skip button starts to look all the more tempting once you realize that the track you're listening to, just like the ones before it, holds no thrilling payoff or quirky bridge. A healthy dollop of sarcasm, a good-natured sense of subversion or a well-apportioned shot of levity would all make the album a smoother listening experience - any sign of personality would, for that matter. For now, though, we have to settle for a tragically over-sincere slab of rock that may not offer a lot to anyone other than the most erudite of guitar pop scholars.

Reviewed by Phillip Buchan
A one-time music director at WUOG in Athens, Phillip is into college radio, literature, writing, buying records, going to shows, talking to friends, learning -- pretty much the same stuff that all of us priveledged, (pseudo?)intellectual Americans are into.

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