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Alert New London


(Self-released; US: 12 Oct 2011; UK: Import)

If Mike + The Mechanics, the pop machine project from Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, had been founded in Columbus, Ohio, sometime in the last five years, it might have sounded something like this—frigid textures, pristine but unremarkable vocals/lyrics and the sense that the music is meant at once for everyone and no one. It’s not that the band is incompetent—far from it—but rather that it hasn’t found a convincing voice just yet. Perhaps this is music best suited for long cul-de-sac make-out sessions at the end of the summer before your sophomore year and not much else. Shrug.


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 and

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