Twin Peaks

Sweet ‘17 Singles

Grand Jury

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Twin Peaks offer a multipack approach on Sweet '17 Singles, gamboling from influence to influence at the drop of a guitar pick on this collection of singles released two each month in the second half of 2017. One minute its twangy electric riffs, the next they've gone all Woody Guthrie. Then in the blink of an eye they've jumped through Americana and country via '90s indie.

That's how "Fat Chance" can sound like it stumbled off the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, "We Will Not Make It (Not Without You)" becomes The Band closing out a late-night show with an extended jam, and standout "Come for Me" sounds like Stephen Malkmus rides again.

All of this means a struggle for identity, but this isn't the crippling weakness it could have been. Twin Peaks prove too adept at sneaking into song-length disguises every time the next track starts. It's a disposable yet impressive vaudeville act. (www.twinpeaksdudes.com)

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