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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Let It Sway

[Polyvinyl]

August 16, 2010  |  9:00am
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: <em>Let It Sway</em>

Stumbling down memory lane

It’s been roughly two decades since the debut of Superchunk, Built to Spill, et al., but Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin nimbly carries their post-punk torch on their hook-laden third studio LP. Let It Sway is a feast of musical comfort food for the nostalgia-tripping slacker-chic children of the ‘90s. Title track and lead single “Sink/Let It Sway” thrums and pops like vintage Guided By Voices, and “Banned (By the Man)” may as well be “Teenage FBI, Part 2,” including the muted guitar tones and pinched-throat vocals. The rest of the album slides downhill, a mix of inoffensive and unremarkable power-pop with the occasional slow jam to break the wistful monotony—the perfect soundtrack to cruising the streets of Seattle in your 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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