SUSPICIOUS BEASTS: Never Bloom: LP

Unusually mid-paced power pop from Tokyo, Japan. Whereas you have acts like Gentleman Jesse And His Men or the Reigning Sound mixing in bouncy numbers alongside their slower ballads, nearly all of eight songs on this platter stay on course with a slow and simple pace. The dreary vocals don’t do much to help get me psyched on this record, which is a pity because the moments that do rock are overshadowed by the laid back nature of the rest of the tracks: sort of like drinking a six pack of beer and only getting a buzz from two of them. And with that, I just realized how appropriate the title of this record is. 

 –Juan Espinosa (Alien Snatch)