ahem
Avoider


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sunnyvale STAFF
May 21st, 2024 | 7 replies


Release Date: 05/17/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Run, rabbit, run

It’s been five years since the release of Minnesota band ahem’s debut LP, but apparently the follow-up was worth the wait. With sophomore LP Avoider, the group has managed to level up and refine their signature sound - short and energetic songs echoing The Replacements’ later-era power pop filtered through subsequent waves of emo and pop-punk. The “full-length” description shouldn’t be taken too literally, as the album’s ten tracks breezily sail by in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it twenty-five minute runtime. If you’re anything like me, though, your toes will be reliably tapping along throughout that brief listening window, enraptured by the tight playing, nostalgic melodies, and positive vibes. There’s a nice sense of balance between the heavier bangers, like opener “Lapdog” or the crunching guitar of “Old Hell”, and the more mellow jangly tunes like “Leap Year” (quite an earworm”) or “Sunroof” (just as summery as its title). Closer “Pinwheel” seems to disclose the band’s mission to us - “a simple song to sing, let it go, let it stay” - these tracks aren’t flashy, but they do their job in an understated manner to create a summer jam par excellence. If you learn nothing else from visiting Sputnikmusic.com, remember this tidbit - listening to music can be quite fun. Jamming Avoider sure is. Don’t avoid it.



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Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
May 21st 2024


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I've listened to this album like fifteen times in three days - it's very short and a very good summer mood.

Ectier
May 21st 2024


2745 Comments


I see rabbits and am on board

Cormano
May 22nd 2024


4202 Comments


checking this based on cover alone

emo tag is just a plus

Hopelust
May 23rd 2024


3618 Comments


Agreed, Cormano. Will be checkin'

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2024


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well I tend to fall behind,



I tend to fall in line


theBoneyKing
July 5th 2024


24569 Comments


Steven Hyden recommended this on Indiecast, threw it on and it's indeed a very nice little power pop jam

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2024


6035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice! Yeah, this slaps, the "listenability" is off the charts



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