On Disc - 21 Tandem Repeats

Album: Never Wanted To Be Anyone

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Never Wanted To Be Anyone by 21 Tandem Repeats

21 Tandem Repeats
Never Wanted To Be Anyone
Canada Lynx Records

2.5 stars

There’s no doubt 21 Tandem Repeats’ folky jazz-rock sound is missing something. The relatively unknown group is like Great Big Sea or Band of Horses without the “oomph” and a few too many wails.

The beautiful guitar riffs are worth listening to. However, while the band’s frontman Super Robertson has tons of experience under his belt, his nasal voice is still annoying.

The album has a couple playlist-worthy hits, including the chart-worthy “Blue Skies,” which has cute, catchy guitar riffs, touching lyrics and added female vocals. Other good songs include the title track and “Jupiter.”

The band needs more than just nice guitar work to steal fans from Snow Patrol. However, if folky jazz-rock is your thing, 21 Tandem Repeats’ Never Wanted To Be Anyone is probably perfect for you.

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