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Weep

Worn Thin

(Projekt; US: 13 Jul 2010; UK: 13 Jul 2010)

London calling, circa 1983

Perfect little pop songs are hard to come by. Here’s a dozen of them. Weep plays a synth-heavy, guitar-inflected kind of pop reminiscent of the 1980s, but far catchier than much that actually comes from that era. (Don’t believe me? Go watch VH1.) Singer Doc Hammer has perfected a kind of heavily-inflected, faintly arch delivery, rendering such songs as “Snow Scenery” and “When I’m Wrong” irresistibly catchy. Slightly heavier, more sinister tracks like “The Time I Thought That” and “Worn Thin” lend the album the thematic and emotional heft absent from some of the other, more dance-friendly tunes. A cover of Jesus Jones’ “Right Here, Right Now” makes perfect sense in this context; it’s pop music for people who (ahem) might be surprised at how much they enjoy it.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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