By Mikael Wood
February 25, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Blue Lights on the Runway

C+
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The best song on this Irish outfit’s fourth disc is a pitch-perfect Talking Heads impression called ”The Great Defector,” which may or may not have been inspired by Bell X1’s own great defector, Damien Rice. (Before he split to pursue a solo career, Rice played with these guys as Juniper.) The rest of Blue Lights on the Runway is duller than that highlight; most of it sounds like warmed-over Coldplay, a commodity in no short supply among earnest U.K. indie types. Pity they didn’t catch a more serious case of that band’s Experimental Fourth Album Syndrome. C+

Download This: Listen to the song ”The Great Defector” on the band’s MySpace

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