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The album begins with "Greg's Estate". This song could be considered similar to Lagwagon, but it's got a poppier edge in my eye. It's got a very fun sound with some great vocals. The keyboards are a nice touch to this song and many others. "Anecdote" follows the same road as "Greg's Estate" with the pop sound and great usage of piano. The songs on this CD are very well written. "Grey Suits" has a definite 80's pop sound. The organ totally makes the song.
The album even features a cover of Elliot Smith's "Needle In The Hay". This pick for a cover gives you a strong idea of what to expect from the band. The band sends props out to bands such as Jawbreaker, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, and Elliot Smith who they admit to "directly or indirectly" ripping off. "Deformed" has some great piano work, strong vocals, and a wonderfully relaxed sound. It's a really great track. "Unlucky Stuntman" is the last song, and one of the best. It's 100% pure pop rock. It's got a great older sound and totally grabs you with it's sound.
Acrophobe is a wonderful album that I strongly suggest giving a listen to. It's very poppy and fun. It's available from Honest Don's for a song, so that's even more reason to pick up this album and give it a listen. You'll be hard pressed to find something with this sound that is as well played or as well written. Bad Astronaut is set to tour soon, so be sure not to miss them when they hit your town.
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