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KNAPSACK (Buy CDs by this artist)
Silver Sweepstakes (Alias) 1995

Pavement's spiritual connection to northern California isn't entirely lost on this loud young quartet from Davis, but it's certainly trivialized. Habitual hastiness, the guitars' unwavering sizzle-roar and singer Blair Shehan's unfortunate ability to bellow in eerie imitation of Perry Farrell leaves Knapsack pissing on the wrong tree. Gearing down (as in "Effortless" and "Centennial") lets a better side emerge, but the album is dismayingly determined to wrong all rights. Inside the nifty silver-foil CD cover, songs like "Addressee" lead nowhere at all.

[Ira Robbins]