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Skeptics in Love follows a young couple into, and then back out of, love. It is not based on a single experience of any member of kosmøs, which is probably why lyricist Ben Tonak was able to step back far enough to view the thing from all sides. So the band can play optimistic and euphoric and reckless and depressed and back again. In any case, the trio wails, big and broad. You can get the idea without listening too closely, but the attentive will be rewarded with Tonak's thoughtful turns of phrase: "If what we give is what we've got, then what we had was never lost, all right." That's in the breakup song, which comes at track three of six. Ouch.

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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