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Reuben's Accomplice
I Blame The Scenery (Better Looking Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Reuben's Accomplice is a unique band. They have their rock roots and aren't afraid to break into something abrasive, and they have their subtle, quiet side, too. Often, they blend the two, so much so that you are left wondering whether or not the band is loud or soft. The answer is that they're always somewhere in between, happy to be there, creating rock-tingled, but still very faint in nature portraits of life in the form of beautifully crafted songs.

Their Better Looking Records debut, I Blame The Scenery, is an anti-pigeonhole-able record, rooted in the indie rock tradition. Modest and hooky, it travels along at a steady pace, never taking any leaps or bounds into the other direction, but carried by the highly emotional, soaring vocals that can go from soft to loud in a matter of seconds.

This is a solid, well-packaged record that will earn plenty of playing time on your stereo for quite some time. I'll give it an A-.15

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