Tree City

Album Review of Tree City by Robbers On High Street.

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Tree City

Robbers On High Street

Tree City by Robbers On High Street

Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Record label: New Line
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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Tree City - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
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The debut full-length by Robbers on High Street tries a bit too hard to put this New York quartet on the same footing as the Strokes, Ambulance LTD, or Interpol: '80s-inspired post-post-punk given an unapologetically commercial sheen. That production gloss might actually be to the band's detriment; these songs are uniformly head and shoulders above those on their 2004 EP, Fine Lines, but that self-produced record had some appealingly rough edges that suited the band's slightly nervous, jumpy sound. On Tree City, drummer Tomer Danan and bassist Jeremy Phillips are smoothed out, more Echo & the Bunnymen than Joy Division, a change that does the songs no favors.

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