The way things will be

By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009

For the disc's two closers, the band open up, pushing past four minutes on "All that You Love" and past five with "Neverlost." While the former is a good rock turn that reminds of Jonathan Richman or the newest Robyn Hitchcock, the latter seems to take the band out of their element, the tight pop arrangements of the rest of the disc contrasting with something that's allowed some sprawl. While the instrument break shows a nice free-form jazz feel, it seems out of character. It does allow bassist Marcel Hamel to put in his best turn, and drummer Nate Marchand pulls off the notion that things just might fall completely apart and making it seem purposeful. The finish is tight, with a main "don't let this go" vocal high overtop a cycling chorus mixed behind it. The song just succeeds, the finish delivering the punch the song needs, getting the blood back moving and leaving the listener wishing for more.

And I'm sure more is in the offing. This sounds like a band with some fire in their bellies and their following should flow over into the 21+ set in the way the Cambiata's has, assuming the Goodnight Process improve in the same way, moving from startlingly impressive to assuredly important. That process will be fun to watch.

Sam Pfeifle can be reached at sam_pfeifle@yahoo.com.

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