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    Sketching In Stereo: Fools Love Charades

    Sketching In Stereo: Fools Love Charades

    Sketching In Stereo is hoping to explode onto the scene with its debut album, but it has a strong stereotype working against it. As an unknown local band, some listeners will automatically discount it as having poorly produced songs.

    The truth, however, is that Fools Love Charades features some great sound quality that rivals some of today’s radio hits. All 10 songs are carefully crafted and seem to have been laid down in a multi-million-dollar studio.

    Sadly, this is where much of the band’s uniqueness ends. Sketching In Stereo’s sound is quite comparable to the so-called emo style popularized by acts like Jimmy Eat World and Brand New, though hints of more progressive modern rock groups like Muse are also scattered throughout the album.

    The standout track is “”Flailing After Dark,”” with its chiming keyboard and energetic guitar work. While indistinct, this song is the type of four-minute gem that record executives lust after. “”Sad To Say Sorry”” also sees the band offering another catchy, radio-friendly track.

    One of the best points on the record is its opening track, “”Interloper.”” Quiet instrumentation and vocals lead into a powerful first verse. Sadly, the band decided to cut this intro track early and doesn’t expand on the idea.

    As with most records, some tracks, like “”Note to Self”” and “”If This is Rock … “” fall short. Their moods and ideasbehind the sonds are a bit stale and forgettable. This is precisely why many bands making similar music 10 years ago no longer exist.

    Despite these negatives, these guys are already making rock on a grand scale. If they can concentrate on refining a more unique sound, Tucson may have a winner on its hands.

    The band is hosting a record-release show Wednesday at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Admission to the 21-and-up crowd. The show is $3, and copies of Fools Love Charades will be given out to the first 50 fans.

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