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Retisonic | Return To Me (Silver Three)
Really, what else were you expecting? Ex-Bluetip fella Jason Farrell hooks up with a couple of other indie-rocking guys (former members of J. Majesty and Garden Variety) and kicks out the jams in a distinctly Bluetip fashion. 'Return To Me' is a good, solid, predictable record - the likes of I Don't Drink (With Co-Workers) and Externalised wouldn't seem amiss on last Bluetip record proper 'Polymer'. Heck, it even looks like a Bluetip record. To some this'll sound like heaven; to others a waste of an opportunity to evolve beyond expectations. Ian Love's production glosses things up a bit - he previously worked on Rival Schools' pop-savvy 'United By Fate' - but 'Return To Me' still sounds like the exact sum of its parts, and no more, making for a bizarrely disappointing debut album.

Mike Diver
July 2004

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