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  • So Much for the City [Virgin, 2003] C

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So Much for the City [Virgin, 2003]
If an American--a disaffected suburban boy from the professional class, say--were to concoct this sentimental cutesification of surf and country-rock, drawl and harmony and whisper and mewl, it would be even harder to forgive. Americans have an obligation to comprehend their own culture. But there's something in Conor Deasy's timbre that renders his Dublin version even more saccharine in its artifice. The cure for what ails him? I dunno. A quick chop to the Adam's apple? C