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Dewey Defeats Truman
The Road to Nowhere Maps
Has Anyone Ever Told You? Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I hate it when record companies say things like "this band has supported such noted national acts" and then list bands that were undoubtedly the headliners at the show they played on together. Has Anyone Ever Told You?, of course, does this on the press sheet for The Road to Nowhere Maps EP, and it is quite annoying. Apparently, Dewey Defeats Truman has "supported" bands like Jimmy Eat World, the Pinehurst Kids, No Knife, Jesus Lizard, and Archers of Loaf, but I would be really surprised if any of those bands needed their support.

This isn't to say Dewey Defeats Truman could never support a band on stage. Its been said they put on a pretty good live show, and they have a large following, but those other bands do too and probably don't need Dewey Defeats Truman to put on a decent show.

They seem to appeal to the whole Get Up Kids crowd. They're constantly compared to the Afghan Whigs, Sebadoh, the Get Up Kids and Superchunk, but I think some fans of each of the bands would be a bit offended by those comparisons. I guess the main problem I have with the band is they don't really sparkle much for me. They're better than mediocre, but a lot of bands are, and that doesn't mean I'd go out and buy their albums. I've listened to The Road to Nowhere Maps EP for the past week, all the time, because at first I figured it was one of those albums that you don't like at first but grow on you, but it hasn't grown yet. It hasn't gotten better than the first listen, and I can't imagine it will.

There are lots of people who will like Dewey Defeats Truman's new EP. I am sure of it. I doubt that it will be many people's favorite of all time, but people will like it. Hopefully, next time, with a little more originality and some sort of spark, I will like their next release too.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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