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Golden Bear

Alive

(C-Side; US: 18 Oct 2011; UK: Import)

The first album in four years from Austin’s Golden Bear begins with the pallid “The Juggernaut”, and continues in much the same vein. Sure, there are touches of Flaming Lips-esque keyboards, a dash of clever musical interplay, big, big drum sounds and the odd memorable lyric, but for the most part there’s not much here that grabs and maintains the listener’s attention. “All Your Lucky Days” and “Myths” come close but it’s too little far too late. There might be a good band lurking somewhere in these grooves but it never emerges, at least not on Alive.

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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