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Album Review

I Love Math's easygoing, no-frills take on alternative country-rock is a nice change from the standard supergroup formula, wherein bandmates stack their talents into towering masses of sound. There's nothing grandiose or showy about this sophomore effort, which prizes melodies and light instrumentation over production gloss. Percussionist Philip Peeples (who, just several weeks prior to this album's release, issued a fairly upbeat record with his native Old 97's) doesn't even touch his cymbals, sticking instead to a stripped-down combination of kick drum, snare, and tambourine. Studio trickery is absent and overdubs are scarce — only the laid-back, handclapped "Josephine Street" sounds at all indebted to the production booth, as its tremolo-laden guitars and serene harmonies share equal space with a French female's voice-over. Even so, the song is a solid example of I Love Math's restraint, and its radio-ready chorus (which, under the leadership of a band like Fountains of Wayne, could transform the tune into a sparkling pop anthem) only rears its tuneful head once. "The Shape of the Sum," "This Is Something I Might Miss," and "Too Many Demons" follow suit, flexing their tuneful muscles without running their hooks into the ground, and the bandmates barrel through the would-be rock song "Some People Get Away" at a comfortable gallop, hardly breaking a sweat but still communicating the tune's energy. Getting to the Point Is Beside It ultimately emerges as an effortless album by a pack of veterans who, after whipping up elaborate entrées with their respective bands, are now content to work with more basic ingredients. For those who like their mix of pop/rock and alt.country served straight up, this is pure comfort food.

Customer Reviews

dallas does it again

Love the Death Ray Davies, I love math was great live in Seattle on tour with the OLD 97's.

Great band!

I first heard this band on XM radio, and I think they are really great. I also love the name. Intelligent people like math.

Good sound

I did not know what to expect when I first saw and heard this band play live at a Buttercup show - - I was pleasantly surpirsed.

Biography

Formed: Dallas, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Featuring members of the Deathray Davies, the Old 97's, Apples in Stereo, and the Paper Chase, the Texas-based supergroup I Love Math take their cues from country-rock, power pop, and the harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Members John Dufilho (vocals, guitar), Jason Garner (bass), Philip Peeples (drums), and Andy Lester (keyboards) launched the group in the early 2000s, taking time out of their respective bands to focus on the sparse and poppy songs that soon comprised I Love Math's self-titled debut....
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