A casually eclectic album that blends indie jangle with radio-friendly guitar pop
On their third album, the Texas/Tennessee-based Foxymorons don’t take many chances. With such effortlessly graceful songwriting chops on their side, there’s really no need. Hesitation Eyes is a genial, charming record, conflating modern radio rock’s winning melodies with an indie rocker’s relaxed delivery. “Harvard Hands” pairs gentle country strumming with a mumbly Stephen Malkmus turn, and “The Lazy Librarian’s Son”—with its dreamy reverb guitar and sultry vocals—is a little Toad the Wet Sprockety (in the best way imaginable). Clip this review for posterity. It’s the only time you’ll ever see me favorably compare a band to Toad the Wet Sprocket.