Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 

Pershing (Polyvinyl)

Comparison-crazed music critics outdid themselves when Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s self-released debut garnered references to: Weezer, Conor Oberst, the Shins, Phantom Planet, the Beach Boys, the Color Bars, Maroon 5, Page France, Elliott Smith, Ben Kweller… this could go on all day. While the roster of comparisons proved that the boys studied their indie-rock Wikipedias, it also confirmed that SSLYBY is a pop band — and a good one at that. It’s unfortunate then that the Missouri quartet didn’t stretch its obvious indie chops on the follow-up. Pershing is a fine album, no doubt, with moments of pure pop elation (‘Dead Right’, ‘Think I Wanna Die’), but overall it’s a little tame, a little too cookie-cutter. These dudes are all about notes you hear together all the time, unimaginative production and vocal harmonies that have been heard since dinosaurs roamed the earth. The end result leaves you holding out for a quirky twist.

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