The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

State of Mind Self-re­leased These self-de­scribed “vet­er­ans” of the mu­sic scene have all been around the block in var­i­ous guises over the past two decades. The Ir­ish-Amer­i­can pop-rock­ers cut their mu­si­cal teeth in Dublin but now call LA home, and that State­side stim­u­lus floods the quin­tet’s de­but al­bum. Im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent touch­points are Pearl Jam (Com­ing Apart, the squally One Man Show) and Bruce Spring­steen (in both the an­themic Head­lines and the rootsy strum of Rest­less), while the un­abashed jaun­ti­ness of MOR acts such as The Feel­ing are au­di­ble on No Sur­prise. It’s no sur­prise to hear that most of these songs have been used on MTV shows; this is pol­ished, oc­ca­sion­ally corny pop-rock. And while it may not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, it seems that Friends of Em­met have cor­nered a par­tic­u­lar ra­dio-friendly mar­ket. friend­sofem­

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