Tellison - The Wages Of Fear

Despite being lauded as a cut above in certain quarters, Tellison's second album adds yet more gas to a scene whose generic flatulence appears to know no bounds. Four years in the making, it offers up a wholly expected mix of driving major chord overdrive and earnest, anthemic - but rarely catchy - choruses. Stephen Davidson sings with typical gusto but a lack of invention sees energy trump melody every time. Tellison would fit snugly enough onto a bill with lesser lights like Less Than Jake or The King Blues but they'd wilt under brighter lights. Song titles, whose artful posturing is fooling no-one, only add to the sense of fakery, and 'Know Thy Foe' apes Jimmy Eat World with tedious predictability.



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