The Soft Pack, 'The Soft Pack' (Kemado)

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The Soft Pack
Critical Mass
Label: Kemado

by David Menconi

"Don't have the look / Don't have the name / Don't have the walk / Don't want to talk / Don't act the same / Now your town could be the next big thing," frontman Matt Lamkin sighs to kick off the Soft Pack's debut album. And somehow, he even makes that sigh sound energetic. Whatever this young quartet lacks in nuance, they make up for in breakneck moxie, on a32-minute set that careens from driving rave-ups to roller-rink keyboard drones. The atmosphere is late-night, but too caffeinated for drowsiness to set in. If you're in need of some jittery get-up-and-go, try "Flammable"-a dead ringer for The Feelies circa Crazy Rhythms.

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