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Grand National: A Drink and a Quick Decision

Save for a couple pleasing exceptions – "Joker and Clown" and "By the Time I Get Home." – most of this Grand National sounds like Turin Brakes.  Either that, or present-day ponderous Electric Soft Parade.  Unappealing touchstones. Perhaps most troublesome of all, there are gruesome conga breakdowns that recall Guster.  Nice legs on the cover art, though.

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Grand National: Kicking The National Habit

The album simultaneously calls forth memories of Sting, modern indie rock, and downbeat Euro-electro, taking the listener on an alternating journey through comforting, yet simultaneously discomfiting territory.

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