David Browne
June 15, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Maroon (Music - The Webb Brothers)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Atlantic, WEA

We gave it a B

The sons of Jimmy Webb (”Wichita Lineman,” ”MacArthur Park”) seem like such good boys. Their old-school singer-songwriter pop — steeped in strummed guitars, acoustic pianos, and winsome dual harmonies — is lush romanticism on an intimate, lo-fi scale. But listen close and you’ll hear tales of overdoses (”Powder Pale”), partying preeners (”The Liar’s Club”), and caustic breakups (”In a Fashion”). Although Maroon feels underdeveloped and precious at moments, the Webbs (Christian and Justin) are on their way to becoming the Evan and Jaron of the acerbic-introvert set.

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