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The Fifth of July (Idol Records)

By: Mike SOS

Watershed's latest album is the perfect merger of disposable pop punk and durable '70s arena rock, as the 11-track hook laden release by these Columbus, OH natives combine the cheekiness of Fountains of Wayne with the timeless melodies of Cheap Trick. Tracks like the secretary rock feel of "Small Doses" are palatable for folks 8-80, while the singable chorus on "My Lucky Day" is reminiscent of bands like Better Than Ezra and Gin Blossoms. Despite The Fifth of July being a solid offering, Watershed's meat and potatoes delivery rarely rises above the standard bar band fare, making songs like "Going Through the Motions" a bit more revealing than expected.
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