I confess: After one glance at this six-track EP's lame graphics and dull jacket photo (the moratorium on pics featuring sensitive-looking musicians on staircases starts now), I expected little from the Last Seen's most recent offering. Fortunately, the adage about not judging a CD by its cover turns out to be mostly true. Appearances aside, Demonstration is a tuneful introduction to a solid band.
The songs provided by Seensters Jason Hayes, Denise LaNay, John Reimers, Ryan Smith and Todd Bills aren't a terrifically varied lot; they tend toward medium or slower tempos and ornate arrangements designed to hit the sweet spot of nostalgic Anglophiles. But thanks to co-producer/Carolyn's Mother vet Drew Hodgson, the sonics are rich and resonant, and the performances of numbers such as "Just Saying" embrace drama without slopping over into bombast.
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The only miss here is the concluding "Wherewithal," a mawkish ditty that sounds exactly as I anticipated the disc as a whole would. Maybe judging one-sixth of a disc by its cover is a good idea.