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American Wrestlers

Goodbye Terrible Youth

Fat Possum

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American Wrestlers' Goodbye Terrible Youth tackles the most difficult obstacle for any young, lo-fi, "bedroom pop" act: learning how to make your sound bigger and clearer without sanding off any of the appealingly rough edges. The band, which has expanded from its beginnings as a solo project of frontman Gary McClure, mostly succeeds: "Amazing Grace" is a pleasantly jangly midtempo affair, while "Vote Thatcher" and "Blind Kids," bring some urgency and a louder rock profile to the mix. "Real People" is an effectively evocative acoustic closer.

But despite some quick song transitions and the consistent full-band sound throughout, Goodbye Terrible Youth fails to connect well as an album. It just doesn't have the same personality that American Wrestlers' self-titled debut captured so well. The aforementioned highlights, however, are high enough to keep coming back to. (www.facebook.com/americanwrestlers/)

Author rating: 6/10

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