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. Finely crafted, if modestly affecting, froth-pop that bubbles over with dreary sexual overtones and loads of youthful paranoia.
  3. Aveo's songwriting isn't as intriguing as their sound. [May 2004, p.94]
  4. Battery is an album of diminishing returns that sputters out of steam halfway through.
  5. 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.
  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.