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The Color Wheels: The Color Wheels

The Color Wheels will make you wonder why you never listen to your favourite Weezer album anymore.


The Color Wheels

The Color Wheels

Label: Viper Bite
US Release Date: 2007-09-14
UK Release Date: Available as import
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The Color Wheels' The Color Wheels gets off to a quick start. Singer-songwriter Jon Sebastian and his wife/drummer Psalm plough through the record's opening tracks, giving you everything you could ever want from '90s-inpsired power-pop: catchy choruses; cuddly, love-struck lyrics; pithy electric guitar solos. It's enough to make you wonder why you never listen to your favorite Weezer album anymore. But then again, as the record wears on -- one song blends into the next, nothing much changes, nothing much added to the mix -- there's every chance that you will remember why. It might just be that you've had your fill. And while The Color Wheels are a whole lot of fun, they also sound pretty darn familiar.

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