out of 10,000:
It's not blow your mind quality. I don't see myself putting Up High in the Night on my player every night. In fact, it might be a function of reviewing that gets this album reconsidered, what with the seeming obligation not to dismiss
"Forgotten", the kick off track, might be better, well, forgotten, and sends those Outfield signals. "Sittin' on the Aces" recalls The Offspring, but fortunately eschews the wiseass, nothing to say obviousness of that band and delivers something more muscular and imaginative (cool ooh). "Lil' Magic" is it's own thing and "Nerf Bear Bonanza" takes the Spiral Stairs sound in a nice new direction (What will Spiral Stairs' album sound like? What if it's really good, like Stephen Malkmus'? That would be good. I like really good albums. Is he really calling the band some name other than Spiral Stairs? I think he should call it Spiral Stairs, because I like saying and typing Spiral Stairs.)
The best tunes are "Oh Yeah" and "Shutterbug". "Oh Yeah" is a slow, marching number, that unrolls its melody like a royal carpet as the drums and guitars build as if to welcome the king. The simple "oh yeah" chorus works, and as you know, when "oh yeah" works, then oh yeah. "Shutterbug" has an infectiously catchy guitar part and some fine falsettos, and wouldn't be out of place on some teen movie soundtrack, yet doesn't make me want to kill the band.
Those songs are also the most distinctly Arlo numbers, which bodes well
for the future. Up High in the Night isn't a great record, but I wouldn't
be surprised if they come out with something singular in the future.
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