Battery - Aveo
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  • Summary: "The Smiths" is a phrase you often see in descriptions of the Seattle three-piece Aveo, as their catchy, guitar-driven rock does sometimes recall Moz, Marr & co. This is their second album, produced (like the first) by Phil Ek.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. In the end, while not the perfect album that Aveo's talent promises, the removal of a couple songs would render the entire thing striking and mesmerizing, and when held to such a high standard, you can't ask for too much more than that.
  2. In 2001, their Brit-derived goth-punk was just gaining a foothold and still felt like a novel reinvention; now, its dreary slog is as commonplace as three-chord punk after the millennium's turn.
  3. Battery is an album of diminishing returns that sputters out of steam halfway through.
  4. Finely crafted, if modestly affecting, froth-pop that bubbles over with dreary sexual overtones and loads of youthful paranoia.
  5. Aveo's songwriting isn't as intriguing as their sound. [May 2004, p.94]
  6. 40
    The melancholy on offer barely gets above the level of sixth form poetry, and though Wilson tries to sound impassioned he comes across as strained.