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No. 2
What Does Good Luck Bring?
In Music We Trust Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Neil Gust, formerly of Heatmiser (which he fronted with Elliot Smith), is back in full effect, along with ex-Elliot Smith drummer Paul Pulvirenti and bassist Jim Talstra of Minus 5 and the Maroons.

Just as No 2's debut No Memory picked up where Heatmiser left off, What Does Good Luck Bring?, the band's second full-length, picks up where No Memory left off, not only reminding the listener of Heatmiser's greatness, but maybe even surpassing it.

Right from the beginning, No. 2 make you see stars, with the catchy track "A Little Confusion" leading off the album, full of melodic bass and insane hooks. "More, More" is next, starting off slow, with just vocals and guitar, but soon Pulvirenti comes in, and before you know it the innocent listener is bombarded with handclaps, keyboards and a super-upbeat tempo.

Out of all the songs on What Does Good Luck Bring? the tracks "Is It True?" and "Good Intentions" present the most likeness to Heatmiser material, but that's not really what No. 2 is about. They don't need the name dropping to be a permanent fixture in my music collection, and if you already like No. 2, Heatmiser, Elliot Smith, rock, or pop in general, I don't see why you wouldn't like What Does Good Luck Bring?

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

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