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Jared Grabb / The Lesser Birds of Paradise
Reading Light EP (Thinker Thought Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

Jared Grabb's "My heart Does Not Travel" is a stripped down guitar ballad that feels like a Billy Brags tune. The off center vocal arrangement is intriguingly confusing if distracting at times.

"Restoration of Beauty" is more strait forward with the same stripped down musical structure.

The Lesser Birds of Paradise's "Josephine" is an upper tempo pop flavored indi tune with a good motion to the bass, laying down a foundation with catchy hooks built on top and a vocal style like Time Spent Driving. "Boy" builds into a Lemonheads' sound, having more of the guitar and bass related to a real rock song, yet still has that pop sound . It's a catchy tune. I feel this EP is a great teaser for the sound of both bands and I look forward to hearing more from them in the future. Rating: C+

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