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An Illusion Against Death (Parliament of Trees)

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I wanted to love this literary, punk-rooted Winnipeg band. Their lyrics lean to the wordy side, but the lyrical passion doesn't match musical. The lit-rock sound picks up through the second half of the album, but not enough to stand out. Produced by The Weakerthans' John K. Samson, this, their second full-length, sounds like they've taken several pages from that band's book. Other reviewers have praised their music as a throwback to days when indie rock didn't require American Apparel or orchestral sequences---but what's so exciting about making a record that sounds like it was made in 2001?

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