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Snowglobe

No Need to Light a Night Light on a Night Like Tonight

(Makeshift Music; US: 5 May 2009; UK: 5 May 2009)

The Memphis-based sextet Snowglobe play literate, down-homey Americana. Their songs are colored with do-it-yourself-style production and chamber instruments. Despite this, No Need to Light a Night Light on a Night Like Tonight‘s seven songs fail to really distinguish the band from like-minded acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Bell & Sebastian, and Wilco. There’s plenty going on, it all sounds sincere and authentic, and “Get It On” builds to a nice crescendo. The rollicking “Ms. June” comes closest to leaving a lasting impression. But it can’t shake the feeling this is the sort of thing others have done better.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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