DONOTS, THE: The Long Way Home: CD

Jul 18, 2011

The Donots play polished and accomplished muscle pop, and through most of the record that works really well for me, but sometimes the sound borders on mall punk, but not quite. I like this record, even though a few tunes become kinda vanilla thanks to slick production. Lyrical content seems to center on the pros and cons of isolation (more pro than con) and the ridiculousness of living with regret; not bad as far as that goes, but the lyrics are a bit clichéd at times. All in all, I liked this record quite a bit, but it sometimes sounds like a mish-mash of stuff I have on a bunch of other records, and there really wasn’t much that struck me as truly distinctive.

 –Eric Carlson (OK Good / Solitary Man)