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Courtesy Drop: Songs to Drive To; Cry, and Make Love ToSongs to Drive To; Cry, and Make Love To (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: InaGreendaseInaGreendase
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Courtesy Drop are posited in press materials as taking influence from a fairly wide array of artists—Cursive, Envy, Mineral and Björk—that would lead you to believe they're some sort of genre-defying, musically transcendent act in the wildest of ways. As tends to be the case with these things, Courtesy Drop are not really that sort of act. In fact, they just sound a lot like Small Brown Bike (although, admittedly, "Science Is a Liar Sometimes" clearly tips its hat to Cursive, particularly the era that they released that split with SBB, and "Mineral Extracts" is self-explanatory). That being said, they are really fucking good at it. Like, in spite of titling their album as if it came from some poorly written, grossly misinformed Saturday Night Live skit from 2002 on "emo music," Songs to Drive To; Cry, and Make Love To is arguably as strong as anything that came from that aforementioned band's catalog, even as it noticeably borrows some of its foundational elements.
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