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Karate, Some Boots (Southern)
Singer Geoff Farina would probably kill me for saying this, but his voice sounds a lot like Daryl Hall with a whispering Malkmus folded in underneath. The premise of an indie jazz rock group sounds more tantalizing than it actually translates on record. While many of the riffs on tracks like "Original Spies" and "Ice or Ground?" amaze in their ability to zig, lurch, and still manage to cohere in something like a pop song, just as many tracks sound indulgently bloated. Some Boots has worthy moments, but ultimately melts into restaurant muzak.