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As with any genre of music, new Britpop acts run the risk of sounding stale and reheated like last week's microwaved leftovers. In fact, we've come to the point where bands are starting to sound like a casserole that had been made by throwing together all of last week's microwaved leftovers and then re-microwaving them. But enough of the food analogies; it's not Kalimoto's fault that I'm hungry. The point is that Kalimoto, like that casserole, is basically a hodge-podge of sounds that a few visionary people created and a few thousand not-so-visionary people ripped off.

So is this an automatic dismissal? Not necessarily. There are plenty of bands that have managed to make really, really yummy casserole. And while I wouldn't go so far as to put them in the same Casserole Genius Category as Super Furry Animals, Elbow, or Athlete, they definitely rise above your average Saturday night hash at the trailer park. In fact, Multicore is a surprisingly mature debut effort, complete with smart arrangements and tight rhythms, which are probably best displayed in opening track "Miracle Lemon". Nevertheless, one can't help thinking of Richard Ashcroft and Thom Yorke when listening to lead singer Joe French's slightly forced yet impressively flexible vocals. Nor can one ignore the obvious influence U2 had on the guitar solo in second track "Everything Goes".

The bottom line: these guys still have some growing to do. They need to learn the delicate art of serving their listeners a delectable blend of flavors that they know they've tasted before but can't quite pinpoint when or where, as opposed to just chucking an assortment of spices at them, bottle, lid, measuring spoons, and all. Having said that, they have an innate sense of what tastes good, what people want from a good Britpop band, and can only improve with age and experience. On a scale of 1) FDA Condemned Health Hazard to 10) Dining at a 5-star Restaurant, I give them a 5) Fit for Consumption at a Neighborhood Potluck.

- Emily Strong

Track Listing:

1. Miracle Lemon
2. Everything Goes
3. Cupcake
4. Multicore
5. Blame
6. Sandstorm
7. Time
8. Easy
9. Use It B4 You Lose It
10. Tuned Out
11. Seventeen


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