SNOOZER: Cottage Cheese: Cassette

I suspect it’s going to be hard to separate this band from Sunny Day Real Estate— and, through transitive property, from emo—because of the singer’s vocals, which share Jeremy Enigk’s high pitch and inflection. It’s a shame if listeners do fall into this trap, because Snoozer is a band worthy of repeated listens. There are traces of late ‘90s indie stuff like Built To Spill throughout. The last song is an epic sprawl, with finger-picked segments leading the way to bombast and release. I’m not crazy about the recording of this one: it flattens the band’s attack and renders some potentially ass-kicking passages fangless. Still, a band with ideas and execution who probably kill live. 

 –Michael T. Fournier (Ranch)