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LONGWAVE
THEREíS A FIRE
RCA

Coldplayís recent critical drubbing is enough to make anyone hoping to keep his or her indie cred hide the Radiohead posters, even if Chris and Thom have done just fine on the charts. So thereís something brave about how on their third disc NYCís Longwave display their love for unfashionably earnest and expansive guitar heroics. Steve Schiltzís vocals help them avoid messianic grandiosity: his nice-guy warble undercuts the guitarsí brooding menace, and itís refreshing to hear a little humility in this sonic setting. And though Thereís a Fire flirts with synth bleeps, Longwave sound best when theyíre trading artistic risks for comforting familiarity. "River (Depot Song)" and "Next Plateau" walk the line between anthem and cliché, and the teen-drama vibe of "Tell Me Iím Wrong" is more Dawsonís Creek sentimental than The OC hip. This kind of heartfelt, mid-tempo alt-rock hasnít been cutting-edge in some time, but maybe thatís the point.

Longwave + Embrace + Augustana | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | July 28 | 617.228.6000

BY SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON


Issue Date: July 15 - 21, 2005
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