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The Campbell Apartment

"Insomniac's Almanac" CD


Genre: power pop, indie pop

New York, NY

November 2009

Sure, if this came out in '93, Weezer would be the ones being called derivative. But even such immutable concerns as time's unfortunate linearity can't negate what amounts to a remarkably bouncy pop feast on Insomniac's Almanac. These three folks are astute power-pop professionals, and many of these thirteen songs resonate warmly long after they've been processed. Witness the endearing shimmers of "River of Sound," the vaudevillian goofiness of "Addicted to Myspace," or the Cuomo-esque rollick of "Stuck." And then there's the frankly brilliant "Wife," the album's indisputable pinnacle - thirty seconds too long, but who's counting? - which boasts a chilling melody that renders the listener defenceless. The band missteps occasionally, but never disastrously, as on ratty "How To Be Alone" and flat "Sick and Tired of Being Sick of Tired," though their lapses hold no candle to the wealth of solid hooks on tap. Consult The Campbell Apartment for the good ol' Weezer-y rock of yore; don't expect brilliant invention or epic studio wizardry - Insomniac's Almanac is devoted singly to fun.

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Michael Tau

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]