CUBBY CREATURES, THE: After the Deprogramming: CD

Mellow, arty pop stuff with a bit of a late ’60s twinge to it. On the whole it wasn’t that bad, especially considering I was wholly bracing myself for an unintended dose of emo when I saw that the instruments used included cellos and clarinets. Not that I have anything against said instruments, mind you, but so often their usage on a “rock” record is almost as big an “emo” dead giveaway as poorly framed, out-of-focus snapshots of buildings or trees on the cover or members with horn-rimmed glasses.

 –jimmy (Rodent)