Sprawl

Sprawl

Sarah Veladora

self-released

Second full-length release from this talented Canadian four-piece, but Sprawl still fail to live up to their instrumental capabilities and broad musical outlook. Reminiscent of bands as diverse as Suede and Dandy Warhols — both cited by the band themselves — as well as latter-day Cheap Trick and a very poppy Smashing Pumpkins, Sprawl reach far and wide, but too often lack the songs to keep things interesting.

There are a few standout tracks on here — try the fine “Get Off” and a sweet “Faded” — but Sprawl don’t quite succeed in establishing a voice of their own in all this.

Sprawl: http://www.thesprawl.com

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