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Post-punk is sneaking up on exactly no one these days, but that doesn't stop a great album from being great. The reference points here are a (much) more muscular Yo La Tengo, a less high-pitched Buzzcocks and the Replacements — all meant as compliments, obviously. This is just to give you an idea, not to accuse Veronica (led by Ted Thacker of Baldo Rex) of being derivative. Penultimate track "Hurley Wax" is visceral-reaction awesome: a heart rate- and neck hair-raising, ass-kicking, punk-rock hoedown. The album is over before you can catch your breath; song lengths averaging two and a half minutes will do that. All the more reason to listen again: It gets better the second time. That's when you notice the little lyrical absurdities, the asides, the seamless momentum of the thing and, most of all, how incredibly well written these songs are.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

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