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Days Between Stations (Dog Gone) 1989

Byrdsy Midwest power-pop bands are a dime a dozen, but when the occasional one with that special something (could it be...talent?) comes along, it makes up for all the uninspired strivers. This unassuming rock-pop quartet from Iowa City, Iowa doesn't do anything out of the ordinary on Days Between Stations, but the consistently fine songs and the able-bodied performances make it an eminent delight. Tunes? Strong and memorable. Harmonies? Alluring and modestly employed. Lyrics? Simple but not simpleminded. Playing? Guitars weave in and around each other over a sturdy rhythm section. (Kenn Goodman of the Service provides guest keyboards.) Just wonderful.

[Ira Robbins]