THE STEVENS

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Chap­ter Mu­sic Good? Don’t be so hum­ble boys. The sec­ond al­bum from Mel­bourne four-piece The Stevens is an­other breezy col­lec­tion (just the 18 songs, com­pared to their de­but’s 24) of so-called “scratchy pop”, an al­lu­sion to the band’s pref­er­ence for home record­ing, fuzzy gui­tars and low mix vo­cals com­bined with their Guided By Voices-es­que ear­worms. Brevity is king: no song over­stays its wel­come, as if ev­ery idea is given just enough oxy­gen to splut­ter into life and then suf­fo­cated be­fore it loses the run of it­self. Given the quan­tity of ma­te­rial there are some duff tracks but the (very) good out­weighs the bad with Chancer, King Hit, Cruiser, Keep Me Oc­cu­pied and I Know (Charles & Jerry) the in­tox­i­cat­ing, grin-in­duc­ing high­lights. chap­ter­mu­sic.com

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