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Mirror E.P., Dualistics' 2006 debut, issued when group frontman Jimmy Stofer served as touring bassist for the Fray, was a professional piece of work but little more, which explains why it received a middling review in these pages. But Dualistics doesn't need to be graded on the curve; it's by far the act's strongest effort to date. "Unique (Like Everyone Else)" is a persuasive rocker keyed by the guitars of Charley Hine and Tyler Despres, splashy drumming from Scott Russell and a multifaceted arrangement that stops well short of preciousness. And if "Taking the Time" does exactly what its title threatens, "Spy vs. Spy" lurches along in an enjoyably off-kilter fashion that would have seemed too weird for these guys a couple of years back. That's progress.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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