How We Operate
Underappreciated Brit quintet Gomez is more familiar to you than you think. If you watched the finale of Grey’s Anatomy, you heard the band’s aptly named title track underscoring the dual operations of Burke and Denny. How We Operate begins quietly with a lament from smooth Ian Ball, followed by Ben Ottewell’s lovely “See the World.” Ball hits again later one with “Charley Patton Songs,” which takes him through a number of US cities looking for his girl. Like all Gomez albums, there are a couple toss-aways (“Girlshapedlovedrug”) but mostly solid alt-pop constructions. Forever talented and lacking the “It” factor, this is a band destined to the middle, and it’s a perfect fit.
—Tara Thorne

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