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Album Review

Following the mostly acoustic Kevin Kolankowski album, the Miracle of 86 plug in for their second full-length. They straddle the fence of emo ("Dance Dance Revolution"), indie rock ("Every Famous Last Word"), and pop-punk ("Keep on Charging the Enemy Until There Is No More Life"). But there also seems to be a country influence seeping in, most apparent on "Sleep All Damn Day," which injects a country-ish melody with a healthy dose of emo. A couple tracks from the previous EP are revised: "Your Quicksilver Moment" and "I Think You Meant to Say No" are made fuller here. Kevin Devine's vocals aren't quite as tortured as his solo work, though they are still fervent, as he wails much like early Goo Goo Dolls. Guitarist Mike Robertson gets the mic on "Southern State," a noteworthy rocker which ends up sounding like a tame Jawbreaker. And that's a good thing.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New York's Miracle of 86 (named after the "miracle" Mets baseball team of 1986) is comprised of Kevin Devine (vocals/guitar), Mike Robertson (guitar), Chris McAllen (bass) and Mike Skinner (drums, formerly of Sidedoor Johnnies). Following a contribution to Deep Elm records' 1998 Emo Diaries Vol. 2 compilation, the band released its first record in November 2000 on Fadeaway records, re-issued a year later on Immigrant Sun. They toured in 2001, which included three weeks in Canada and four dates on...
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