Jessica Byrne
Leah Greenblatt
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Folk, Rock

We gave it a B

Dev Hynes, former member of London’s crash-and-burn punk outfit the Test Icicles, seems to have been turned around by Bright Eyes. On Falling Off the Lavender Bridge, his U.K.-hyped debut as Lightspeed, he borrows Conor Oberst’s producer, Mike Mogis, and cribs from his folk-majestic milieu. Alas, Hynes doesn’t share Oberst’s lyrical precocity: Falling‘s callow couplets and needless potty mouthing (”Devil Tricks for a Bitch,” ”All to S—”) can’t meet the expectations set by the lovely parade of kitchen-sink instrumentation. B
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