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Larusso - Life in Static

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When you consider the Salt Lake City band, Larusso, you may likely be thinking to yourself, 'Can any good punk band come out of Salt Lake City'? There's no shame in that; Salt Lake City is not the first place you'd think of when looking out for great new punk rock music. However, this group's consistent new Life in Static album may make you reconsider your original preconceptions.

On the downside, though, singer Aaron Condrat has a bit of a whiny, emo-y voice during some of this recording's faster numbers. He's much better on the lovely ballad "Take Me Away," which allows him to ease up on the vocal tension and sing tenderly over piano backing. Also, the vocal harmonies that power "Dear Pandora" shows off the group's classic rock influences, which find it drawing more influence from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers than any of its punk-ier tour mates on prior Warped Tour treks. "I don't want a savior," Condrat sings, "Just a temporary cure."

Who knew the land of suits on bicycles could produce a relatively pleasing album like this one?

Larusso - Life in Static
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