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Burnout (Weewerk)

On leaving BC to return to its Ontario roots, Ox releases this assortment of tunes and guitar squiggles. The band is playful, hoping to engross you in its experiments, varying distortion as if musing about Les Paul in his basement 60 years ago. This may appeal to gearheads and Deadheads, but the songs seem half-written. Singer Mark Browning is distracted. On "Unknown Legend," his lassitude oddly complements the metallic yawns in the string-bending. True chops surface in "Your Old Buick"'s break, rewarding the listener for whom sounding wasted is not in itself a virtue.

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