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Spiral Beach

The Only Really Thing (Sparks Music)

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Let the boomers keep their recent Woodstock anniversary, their hazy memories. Psychedelia has left them behind, residing now in bands like Spiral Beach. On their third release, The Only Really Thing, this Toronto-based quartet serves sugary jolts with frosty-icing-coloured imagery. But there's nothing artificial about them. The album opener, "Battery," establishes the nocturnal motif, with its line "fall asleep with the TV on." The songs that follow befit the dreams one has bathed in the tube's blue light. Among the best of this excellent lot: the weird drone of "Raising the Snake," the psychedelic balladry of "Orange," the rapid-fire rhythm of "May Go Round (In a Mania)."

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