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Denunzio
Continuous Vaudeville
Spider Fight Records


When we last left Denunzio (http://www.hybridmagazine.com/reviews/0604/denunzio.shtml) Three Point Stance seemed destined to infiltrate the world-class rock market with its back to Atlanta 80's po-mo roots-pop by-way of Evergreen, CO. That unfortunately did not take place, leaving KBCO listeners only the daily dose of Van Morrison to look forward to. Continuous Vaudeville moves the sound north to Minneapolis for that Soul Asylum/ Replacements amplifier rock. Note that the very cool stylized graphics seem more suited to Circus Contraption or Squirrel Nut Zippers.

"This is where it begins/ this is where it stops and takes a break/ and starts again" claims "Bet The Bird," quite strong in drive, singability and thrilling Unrest time changes. "Highlight Reel" makes a great companion piece with its checked snottiness. The promise of these fantastic songs unfulfilled, all the cliches avoided last time 'round come back sevenfold in recycled lyrics like "Shall I stay…smell that smell…as the river flows to the sea," as well as appropriated licks from U2 to the bunny hop. Some are used to clever effect while others are mere castoffs. Somewhere between the Bush imitation on "Jackson" and the Weezer entreaty "Moth" I really lost interest. Sure, Eric Zizic's grappling-hook basswork secures the listener to the tunes that Hans Buenning energetically spills out. And Jason Jones smashes the drums around like the fooest of fighters. But it's all somewhat less thrilling than Three Point.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track List:
1 Things We Do
2 Bet The Bird
3 Highlight Reel
4 Jackson
5 Explain The Name
6 Get In Line
7 Moth
8 Amber
9 The Getaway
10 Red Rose


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