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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum
The Alternate Routes
Good and Reckless and True

Rating: 7/10 ?

April 5, 2007
The music industry can be really funny. For some artists - take Ryan Adams, for example - the notion of "the more, the merrier" takes root and multiple albums are released in the same year, along with endless side projects, EPs and collaborations. Other bands - take The Fray, for example - locate their path to stardom by continuing to nurture interest in the same ten or twelve songs they wrote several years ago.

The Alternate Routes journeyed the latter path, writing the songs found on their Vanguard debut Good and Reckless and True several years ago during their independent days in the Northeastern United States. After meeting at Fairfield University in Connecticut, frontman Tim Warren and guitarist Eric Donnelly eventually found bassist Chip Johnson in Boston and the trio began touring, cultivating a fan base all throughout New England and garnering support spots with O.A.R., Marc Broussard and Duncan Sheik.

But there's a reason artists hold on to songs like these. Residing on the same emotional pop avenue as bands like Train and Better Than Ezra, The Alternate Routes knew their songs would be played if given the chance. And working with Jay Joyce (Patty Griffin) doesn't hurt either, bringing his earthen production to Warren's near-perfect vocal.

Several songs are ready out of the box for arenas in the summertime, such as the made-for-radio rocker "Aftermath" and lead track "Ordinary," which definitely sounds like something from Drops of Jupiter. If you can make it through the moribund intro, "California" actually offers the strongest vocal on the album and a stellar guitar build.

Ultimately, The Alternate Routes can milk these songs for all they're worth because they remain memorable no matter their age.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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