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Blue States, ‘First Steps Into…’ (Memphis Industries)

Josh Modell // January 18, 2008

Andy Dragazis’ fourth album as Blue States — the debut act on the Brit label now known for the Go! Team and the Pipettes (whom Dragazis produces) — spills over with crescendos of hazy, digital pop. That’s fine when he gets a little weird (the strings and electronics on “Gaining Time” and the spaced-out “100’s and 1000’s”) or heavy (the Mogwai-ish “Writing Home”). But by offering so many dramatic peaks, Dragazis too often dulls the effect.

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