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Blue Ribbon Another Time

I‘m guessing the other time the title refers to is 1982, since Blue Ribbon‘s album needs only some heavy black eyeliner to finish channeling that decade‘s synth-pop scene. But while bands like New Order are obvious influences, Blue Ribbon goes for a more muted, less beat-driven sound, sticking to a quasi monotone with little emotion. Though tracks like "Miami" work, the navel-gazing "2012205," with its drone of synths, falls flat. The album ultimately highlights the band‘s need for more rangetoo many of the tracks sound like variations of each other.

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