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The Dunwells, Blind Sighted Faith
RED/Sony Records, Feb. 14

02/16/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Pub-safe Brit-rock mates hoping for a little spillover love from both ’80s-lovers and Mumford & Sons fans. The jangle on opener “I Could Be King” gradually moves away from Mumford and more toward Coldplay, or more accurately U2, instilling fears that this stuff could all of a sudden go full-on Kaiser Chiefs and hence become limp. But these dudes have studied their Squeeze and Fixx records, and coupling that with Mumford worship produces some out-of-the-ordinary alt-radio hookage. Their indubitable Englishness is an x-factor that results in heartfelt lines remindful of Elbow, in other words a certain naivete that is, while outside the norm, perfectly suited to the sensibilities of (name of American hippy festival here).  There’s enough of a lack of subtlety that it could make a dent in American sports bars, which can always use curveballs like “Hand That Feeds,” a blend of CSNY, Foo Fighters and “96 Tears”-style organ. Not desperately needed sounds, but they do no harm. B —Eric W. Saeger






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