Pomegranates, 'One of Us' (Afternoon)

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One of Us
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Label: Afternoon

by William Goodman

The sounds of Modest Mouse, Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and MGMT--all in one song? It could be a Pratt Institute student's senior thesis or a Girl Talk mash-up. But it's the propulsive title track off these exuberant Cincinnati kids' third album--and the sonic orgy actually works. All 13 kaleidoscopic tracks, particularly standout "Anywhere You Go," a supercollider of rhythmic groove, guitar, and Wurlitzer organ, distill a decade-plus of indie and alt rock into a sparking art-pop swell. Spazzing out, Joey Cook cries: "I really like you!" The feeling's mutual.

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