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17 March 2004
The Liberty Ship, Northern Angel EP (Matinee)
This Nottingham, England group offers up four songs of pretty but inconsequential pop that's delicate and wimpy. I like "Rachel" the best (no last names are given). Her song "Final Kick" is the best thing here, but she can't sing that well overall, and neither can "Marc", "Tim", or "Steve", or whoever it is that mainly sings on the other tracks. Whoever's doing the drumming is rather sloppy, and those guitars tend to lose their rhythm in places, but this release is charming in its own amateur way. Nothing groundbreaking by far, and unsurprisingly the band pulls its shit together to make the closing "Small Lives" tight enough to make you wonder why the hell they were so sloppy elsewhere.
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