Music News

The Last Seen

Making commercial music that doesn't seem crass or cheeseball is among the more difficult tricks for any band to turn – and overall, the Last Seen succeeds at doing so. Of the four songs on this new EP, three hit the sweet spot: "Don't Say," a driving rouser with two highly effective riffs, "January," which starts out hushed and formal before amping up the drama (and the volume), and "Killing Kind," whose minor keys provide major satisfaction. That leaves the concluding "Safe," a keyboard-heavy power ballad a bit too eager to inspire misty eyes and cell-phone waving – and yet the likelihood that fans would react in just that way speaks to the group's ability. The Seensters can sound so accessible, they're better when they hold back a little.

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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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