Stasis prevails

By RYAN STEWART  |  March 3, 2009

One of Clarity's strengths is its backloaded track list; most of the good songs come in its second half. The band's set, therefore, gained momentum as the evening went on, each song getting a bigger reception than the one that preceded it, in particular the run of "10," "Just Watch the Fireworks," "For Me This Is Heaven," "Blister," and the title track — my personal favorite. And damn if I wasn't smiling and bopping my head along with everyone else by that point. I'm still not crazy about "Good-Bye Sky Harbor," which frontman Jim Adkins introduced as "Side D, so get comfy," but that's also part of what you're signing up for when you go to a show like this.

There wasn't much to complain about — it was a good band going all out to play near-perfect renditions of their best material. Adkins even bowed a guitar to help fill the void left by the lack of a string section on "Just Watch the Fireworks." I was hoping for a bit more punkish version of "Crush," but no big deal. They encored with a set of seven songs that included a trip through their four biggest radio hits, songs whose generic titles underscore the vanilla: "Work," "Pain," "The Middle," and "Sweetness." But said encore also included "No Sensitivity," a bad-ass pre-Bleed non-album single that I hadn't heard in forever. Consider me satisfied — though, to be honest, it would be damn near impossible to hate on a show that produces the sight of two fratty-looking Boston doods joining the refrain of "Can you still feel the butterflies" on "For Me This Is Heaven" between sips of six-dollar Miller Lite.

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