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SPITALFIELD
BETTER THAN KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE
VICTORY

There's a lot of '80s rock Spitalfield doesn't bother to hide, as well as alt rock radio transplanting and good old middle America indie rock portions assisting this act's latest. Not as sugary sweet as Hawthorne Heights (yet reaching close at times), Spitalfield produces just enough syrup to adorn tracks like "The Only Thing That Matters". Revealing rugged twin guitars and a unspectacular but solid vocal performance throughout, "...Listen" and "Lasting First Impression" seamlessly joins Foo Fighter-esque crescendos with Jimmy Eat World-like melodies, as this group's third CD still manages to grab your attention with those damn hooky choruses gracing tracks like ""Tell Me, Clarice" and the fist-pumping pop punk title track. Other bands from this Chicago quartet's peer group have gone on to accomplish great things, and this 12-track disc is Spitalfield's permit to enter that realm.

- Mike SOS