Robert McKnight

Showroom of Compassion

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January 06, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

It has been more than six years since the sardonic alt-rockers’ last studio effort, but their sixth LP, Showroom of Compassion, makes it sound like hardly any time has passed at all. Lead singer John McCrea unspools dry observations in his usual deadpan tone over the synth squiggles, campy brass fanfares, snappy guitar parts, and crisp backbeats that have always been his band?s signatures. The resulting confection tastes remarkably fresh, considering how few concessions it makes to contemporary trends. B+

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