A Classic Education, 'Call It Blazing' (Lefse)

Call It Blazing
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2011
Label: Lefse

by Chris Martins

These aptly named Italians have done their homework, showing masterful proficiency in the subjects of Coiffed Counterculture (Spector sheen, Orbison swoon) and Millennial Indie (Strokes cool, Shins chime). So you'd expect a passing grade for their full-length debut. But with Woods utility man Jarvis Taveniere behind the boards, these songs go further, embodying their subject matter (escape, ennui, energy) by echoing through caverns, rolling in grime, and buzzing with electricity. "Baby, It's Fine" and "Billy's Gang Dream" rough up any pristine pop tendencies until Call It Blazing teeters and vibrates like youth itself.

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