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Album Review

On albums like Secret Swingers and The Stars are Insane, Versus perfected the art of writing atmospheric songs that build and explode around the three-minute mark, revving up the hooks and drama into a compelling climax. Afterglow, however, seems to intentionally avoid the explosion — it seems as if the band wants to write more composed, pop-oriented songs that can stand up even without the obvious power behind them. For the most part, this works — "Raining" lays off on the fuzz in favor of complex, midtempo pop, and "Off the Hook" is gorgeous (in the vein of The Stars Are Insane's "Wind Me Up") — but diehard fans of the band's early material may miss the crushing hooks.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

New York City indie rock favorites Versus evolved from the remnants of Flower, a band led by singer/guitarist Richard Baluyut. In the final months of Flower's existence, the group was joined by vocalist/guitarist Fontaine Toups, who remained with Baluyut in the short-lived Saturnine before the duo formed Versus (borrowing the name from an LP by Mission of Burma) with Baluyut's brother Ed. After playing their first shows with a lineup comprised of three guitars and a drum machine, Ed Baluyut relocated...
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