Thursday, December 2, 2004

Review - We Also Create False Promises

Artist: Character

Posted on Thu, Dec 2, 2004 at 4:00 AM

We Also Create False Promises
Label: Fictitious
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: We Also Create False Promises

Never mind that both their music and their album title sound a whole lot like Tortoise, or that they share a producer with Yo La Tengo. Somehow this young band still manages to dig their way out of their shallow-but-sticky pit of influences to forge an engaging and playful post-rock groove. All warm ambience, hip sonics and unfulfilled melodic come-ons, False Promises breaks no new ground, but it does it in such an unpresupposing, 1999 turtlenecks-and-glasses kind of way that it's hard to hold it against the band. Occasionally – as when "Passionate Gun Love" inexplicably collapses into a frenzied mess of guitar freakout – Character does get interesting, but rarely for more than a minute or so.

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