MANDATES: In the Back of Your Hearts: CS

Sometimes the distinction between what makes a record click and not click are dubious and fleeting. For the life of me I couldn’t tell you why this record doesn’t work for me. It’s got all the elements of stuff I like, but it shoots through my ears at lightning speed and disappears before I give it a second thought. This is a record of slick but sloppy power pop on the verge of ‘77 punk revivalism. It’s close to other Canadian power pop darlings like the Steve Adamyk Band or Mother’s Children. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the record, but it doesn’t inspire me to engage other people with it. If you have a desire of steady beats and slick chorus/verse hand offs, you have much worse options. –Bryan Static (Shake!, experienceshake.com / Teenage Rampage, teenagerampagerecords.com)