Tuesday, January 28, 2003

What a difference a decade or so will make. Two smartly-coifed American bands, clearly drawing influence from gloomy English bands like Echo & the Bunnymen and the Smiths. One is treated with indifference from the press, except for occasional scorn. The other is surfing a wave of hype, making "best of the year" lists for a flawed album. One band admits that they'll never be a critics' band while the other is the very definition of a critics' band. The Ocean Blue were the Interpol of the early '90s. Maybe now they'll get some respect.

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