August 04, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Compared to Clinton-era hits from contemporaries like Counting Crows and Spin Doctors, the Gin Blossoms’ R.E.M.-lite jingles hold up surprisingly well. So calling Major Lodge Victory, their first CD in a decade more of the same isn’t necessarily a knock. Though nothing here matches the pop brilliance of ”Hey Jealousy,” the group comes close on ”Long Time Gone” and ”Someday Soon,” with its immaculate summertime shimmer. Hardly a half-hearted cash-in, this comeback LP marks a solid addendum to the Gin Blossoms’ multiplatinum peak output. ‘

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