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12 Desperate Straight Lines

12 Desperate Straight Lines by Telekinesis
Released: Feb 2011
Label: Merge Records
The brains behind Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, and he's out to rock -- well, at least compared to his debut. His hushed acoustic and breezy power pop remains, but for his sophomore effort there's a kick to it, a passion that blazes a little brighter. It might have something to do with a lost love; we can only assume from the woeful lyrics because the music itself absolutely bubbles with confidence: "Please Ask for Help" has a hint of The Cure, while "50 Ways" has the bold guitar of Built to Spill, and closer "Gotta Get It Right Now" is Matthew Sweet at his most upbeat.
Stephanie Benson
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