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Dear John Letters
Unbroken (Roam Records)

By: Alex Steininger

Dear John Letters' sophomore full-length, Unbroken, follows their debut, Rewriting The Wrongs, in only a year's time. But what a difference a year can make. Whereas their debut was more subtle and laid back, Unbroken comes clean, delivering unrestrained rock 'n' roll. The band's melodies and hooks are still in tact, if not ever more present, with the rock center stage. More guitars, more juice from the rhythm section, and a lot more power, Dear John Letters have grown into a pop-rock band leaning more on the rock side than pop, a 180 from their debut. Think mid-90's alterna-pop with lots of hooks but plenty of noise to compliment it too. And, for those that love the softer side of DJL, it is here as well. A fine follow-up for one of the NW's most promising rock acts. I'll give it an A-.
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