GREG ALLEN’S FRINGE RELIGION: Happiness Is on the Way…: CDEP

After carving out a name for himself in the N.Y. underground, Allen now has Boston firmly in his sights. On this CDEP are five songs that remind me of Lou Reed if The Zeros had been his backing band. Yeah, that would have ruled. The first two songs are straight-ahead mid-tempo rock. The sound opens up a bit with some additional instrumentation by the middle of this EP. The foundation is held in place by Greg Steinbaugh on bass and Daley Jones on drums. Take a gamble here and you will most likely feel like you beat the dealer. –Sean Koepenick (Kudos / Bomp / fringereligion.com)