"Set It Off" has a wicked na-na-na vocal line. Wicked.
There is a line of heaviness that Albee edges across every once in a while that sounds somewhat forced — "Red Line Cannibal," "AC15" — but Albee is pushing the envelope and a songwriter isn't trying hard enough if some things don't work 100 percent of the time.
He comes full-circle by the finish, with the song most like his oeuvre, "By Land As By Sea," a straight pop-rock tune infused with a tinge of melancholy and no co-writers: "I've failed them, as captain/How could I let this happen?/And now I'm living with this."
Failed? Not hardly.
Sam Pfeifle can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPACE VERSUS SPEED | Released by Space versus Speed | with the Lucid + Foxtrot | at Port City Music Hall, in Portland | Feb 4 | facebook.com/spaceversusspeed
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