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Our American Cousin: How's This for a Diploma?How's This for a Diploma? (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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In a mere three songs, Our American Cousin prove they've already got a firm grasp on both 1990s emo and indie rock, drawing from a variety of acts -- the most obvious being American Football, At the Drive-In and caP'n Jazz -- to create How's This for a Diploma?, a dainty, mesmerizing 14-minute effor.
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In a mere three songs, Our American Cousin prove they've already got a firm grasp on both 1990s emo and indie rock, drawing from a variety of acts -- the most obvious being American Football, At the Drive-In and caP'n Jazz -- to create How's This for a Diploma?, a dainty, mesmerizing 14-minute effort.

For Diploma's entirety we're treated to jangly, jumpy measures, with little regards to common structure in the best of ways. OAC's vocals flow like the slightly nervous, frantic yell of Cedric Bixler-Zavala circa in/CASINO/OUT, albeit toned down most of the time. Opener "Ernesto Perez One. Ernesto Perez Two." squeals its guitars and drops in bits of screeching strings, piano plinks (free-form at one point, dramatic another), and even accordion (?) for good measure, and places a sweet break in the music halfway through for one vocalist to yelp "Let's keep each other sweet...!" One of the most surprising moments of the EP comes at the heartstring-tugging intro of "Lights Out (Sock Full of Batteries)" -- it's straight out of the Get Up Kids' Something to Write Home About, and the additional element pleasingly mixes things up even further.

At least this time around, there shouldn't be any major distractions to sway the focus off Our American Cousin's more than amiable acts at hand here.

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kmikhael (November 22, 2006)

i think the john wilkes reference has to do with the play 'our american cousin'

Anonymous (November 18, 2006)

the 90s called it wants its shitty music back

Anonymous (November 18, 2006)

you guys are insane, this shit is tight

Anonymous (November 18, 2006)

failed in more ways than none

Anonymous (November 18, 2006)

i don't get this band. really disappointing. i love a lot of bands from the kansas city area but man this band sucks.

Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

i don't get the wilkes booth reference

Anonymous (November 17, 2006)

amazing

miker (November 17, 2006)

this is really good. cant go wrong with AF and ATDI influences.

inagreendase (November 17, 2006)

That's how I roll.

Enjoyability, really.

Vincent_M (November 17, 2006)

Good review, but it seems like you liked it enough to justify more than a 7. What didn't you like, the length?

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