Easy Listening - Cobra Verde
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  • Summary: Otherwise known as the backing band for Robert Pollard in Guided By Voices, Cleveland's Cobra Verde combine numerous 70s rock influences on this, their third studio album. J Mascis guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Other records from 2003 have been more innovative and certainly heavier, but Easy Listening is so golden, so upbeat and so perfectly right out of the Midwest's sleeper hotbed of rock that it simply sounds bigger than life.
  2. If you like smart, complicated rock and roll that nevertheless puts on a show, they are as good as it gets.
  3. Easy Listening has enough great riffs for Big Star and Cheap Trick to share, with leftovers to spare. [Jun 2003, p.103]
  4. 70
    As subtle as, and harder than, a flying mallet. [#58, p.84]
  5. Unfortunately, about halfway through the album, the sound wears itself out, as the samey melodies edge towards the too-familiar.
  6. As half of the fun of an album is trying to figure out what the artist is trying to do creatively, having the artist essentially tell you what they're going to do and then watching them do it, is somewhat less interesting.
  7. The dirty air guitar and over the top vocals leave me cold. [#5, p.111]

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