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Various Artists The Sound of Young New York & Toronto

The premise of this series is to highlight the apparent strength and depth of New York (and now Toronto's) more danceable indie rock acts. I say apparent because if you substituted Berlin for New York and London for Toronto, few people would know any different. The bands in question have a habit of looking. And sounding. Exactly. The same. After eight identikit tracks things do eventually get interesting. The Glass's "Fourteen Again" demonstrates less is more where guitars and grooves are concerned. Neurotic Drum Band's playful pastiche on early electro, "We're Gonna Rock New York," also undoes some damage. But it's too little, too late.

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