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Re­vers­ing Falls 2

On their se­cond al­bum, Mon­treal’s Re­vers­ing Falls re­turn with nine re­lent­lessly en­joy­able, fuzzy and poppy songs. Bring­ing in drum­mer Jamie Thomp­son (the Uni­corns, Is­lands) in place of a drum ma­chine on Re­vers­ing Falls 2, the band carry on from where Re­vers­ing Falls left off, pro­duc­ing 22 min­utes of catchy fuzz-pop. Recorded and pro­duced by gui­tarist and singer Tyler Craw­ford, Re­vers­ing Falls 2 is an al­bum that has a real, ob­vi­ous iden­tity. “Never Let You Go” is a per­fect pop bal­lad, while “Wasted Again” feels like it could fit per­fectly onto a John Hughes sound­track. “SS3” is the stand­out track, a slow-burner that starts and ends with a sim­ple elec­tronic drum­beat. It’s at their sim­plest that Re­vers­ing Falls ex­cel. Un­like their de­but, this fol­lowup fo­cuses solely on gui­tars, bass and drums. Gone are the syn­the­siz­ers and com­puter ef­fects; ev­ery­thing feels nat­u­ral and or­ganic. (re­vers­ing­­ CONOR MACKIE

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