DAN WEBB AND THE SPIDERS: Be Alright: LP

Be Alright keeps the progression of this band’s output going in, like, a steady climb, you know what I mean? It’s still very much the band I’m familiar with and have been enjoying for almost a decade. There’s still the same melodies buried beneath the fuzz, and Webb’s clear, discernable lyrics tackle much of the same “down on my luck” emotional scope as they always have. But it’s also an album rife with neat little pick-me-ups and successful experiments, like in “Best Regret,” where the guitars drop out entirely for a significant portion of the song, or “Acme Girls,” with its almost ’60s pop flavor. Great as ever, while also abundantly clear that the band—after ten years, five full-lengths and a ton of singles and splits – still has plenty of velocity left. –Keith Rosson (Gunner)