J. Edward Keyes
May 30, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Antigone Rising’s major-label debut was developed exclusively for sale at Starbucks, and the marriage makes sense: The New York quintet delivers rich, full-bodied folk rock with a mild intensity and just a hint of acidity. Recorded live in front of a small audience of fans, From the Ground Up (get it?) blends big strums with brawny vocals. On ”Don’t Look Back,” they put both in service of a sweetly yearning chorus, compensating in heart for what they lack in invention.

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