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Got It In the Mail… July 29, 2011 in MUSIC, MUSIC NEWS One of the best things about being a music critic is the amount of free review material that arrives either via email or the going-belly up U.S. Postal Service. And one of the worst things about being a music critic is the amount of free review material that arrives either via email or the going-belly up U.S. Postal Service. To dispel any Lester Bangs-type mythology about discovering the Next Great Thing: the majority of stuff that comes in is certifiable crap: techno kids hopped up on computer software and Ecstasy; indie amateurs who listed to On Fire way too much; etc. So it’s a nice treat when a decent record sneaks its way in, and such is the case with the Quags’ Priceless Grains of Sand. It’s a catchy bit of power-pop/indie rock, and while its style isn’t revolutionary, it’s the type of organic, guitar-bass-drums-keyboards album that sounds increasingly rare in today’s sometimes excessively experimental indie climate. Most of its songs are mid-tempo rockers with no gross theatrics or musical indulgences, and offer plenty of wry lyrics to boot (favorite so far: “You can’t judge a man by his record collection/ Though it might give you a clue”). I don’t know a damn thing about these guys’ back story and am reacting based soley on what I’m hearing on this album. But, even as this band wears its influences maybe a bit too transparently, what they’ve come up with here is actually pretty damn enjoyable. SPECTRUM CULTURE'S BLOG- TRY OUR FISH! email@example.com