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Loquat 

It's Yours to Keep

Wednesday, Apr 20 2005
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Loquat is the quintessential hardworking local band. It records at home, gigs like mad, and took about four years to release its debut album. After two EPs of teasing, It's Yours to Keep arrives as a labor of love delivered to Loquat's devoted followers. Fans will be pleased to hear old favorites like "Swingset Chain" and "To the Floor" nestled among an album's worth of tracks doing what Loquat does best: capturing the bittersweet limbo between youth and adulthood through formative-year influences like Edie Brickell and the Cardigans. The record coasts comfortably on lead singer Kylee Swenson's conversational delivery, though songs like "Change the Station" yearn for stronger melodies and rhymes to anchor their meanderings. Still, many of the fresh compositions come with signature Loquat cleverness. "Take It Back" disarms a romantic squabble with an upbeat pop tempo and electro punches, while the subtle boy/girl vocals of "Serial Mess" deliver one of the group's catchiest choruses yet. It's Yours to Keep was a long-awaited gift, but hooks like these should hold us over for a while.

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