Blue Ribbon Another Time

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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.