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Alto Heceta
This Distance This Weekend
Synaptic Tactic Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This just in from the Alto Heceta website: "01.06.2003, After much careful discussion and individual thought, Alto Heceta has decided to end its tenure together to pursue the members' current side projects, new projects, and personal lives..."

It seems rude and almost irreverent to describe in detail my honest opinion of Alto Heceta's latest release, This Distance This Weekend. Rather than rub salt into their still fresh wounds I'll say this, if you are into ultra-sensitive, whiny, boy-rock and want an impeccable sounding, highly polished disc make sure you pick this up. You may be momentarily swayed by the fragile wandering arrangements (complete with beautifully cascading guitars that descend from a point that was never all that exciting or grand to begin with), and sometimes hushed, heartfelt vocals; but in the end this offers little of anything new. There's a fine, but very indelible line between soft and weak, this is too weak to be original or memorable. Rest in peace, Alto Heceta.

Reviewed by Danielle Marusa
A resident of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Danielle is an occasional contributor to LAS.

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