Review: At Dusk – “You Can Know Danger”

The third record from this Portland trio aims for the stars but, ultimately, the whole package comes off more as a series of passing curiosities than a cohesifve collection of carefully crafted songs.

That’s a shame, because these childhood friends clearly share an interesting musical language – one that blurs the lines between poppy ear candy and time-shifting math-rock.

The jazzy first section of “Say That You’ll Do It” is almost mesmerizing and the textured, Chavez-style guitar attack of tracks like “Forever Ago” works well.

Elsewhere, radio-hungry vocals turn ambitious songs into pop-rock templates or the trio means so much it’s hard to grab onto a melody worth humming or a refrain worth repeating. – Punk Planet, May/June 2007

About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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