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Air Conditioning School

General Mountain Time

(So-TM; US: 3 Aug 2010; UK: 3 Aug 2010)

Mellow and dreamy, not always compelling

Chris Heidman, formerly of Sukpatch, returns as the driving force behind Air Conditioning School. Veering dangerously between mellow, sunshine pop and easy-listening pap, the album usually—though not always—manages to keep on the right side of that divide.


The opening three songs are among the record’s strongest, with “Busymore” and “Days and Days” combining mellow vibes with easy-on-the-ears lushness. Heidman’s croon helps wash the songs down as easily as a mouthful of cool river water. The middle of the album sags a bit, but “Sealife” perks things up again, and the last couple songs get back some of the oomph (gentle oomph, but oomph nonetheless) lost in such syrupy detours as “Calm Will Come Around” and “Up On”.

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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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