Such Fun There's plenty to like about this North Carolina six-piece — pretty piano melodies; impeccably layered instrumentation; singer Adam Baker's gentle, expressive vocals — but, unfortunately,… Such Fun There's plenty to like about this North Carolina six-piece — pretty piano melodies; impeccably layered instrumentation; singer Adam Baker's gentle, expressive vocals — but, unfortunately,… 2008-10-07 Annuals Rock
Music Review

Such Fun (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2008; Lead Performance: Annuals; Genre: Rock

There's plenty to like about this North Carolina six-piece — pretty piano melodies; impeccably layered instrumentation; singer Adam Baker's gentle, expressive vocals — but, unfortunately, not a ton to love. Annuals seem to pull so heavily from the Indie Rock 101 syllabus (see: the Shins, Arcade Fire) that their own identity gets lost in a wash of perfectly capable songcraft. While it has several nice moments of sprawling countryfolk fervor, a more accurate title for Such Fun might have been Not Bad. B
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Originally posted Oct 07, 2008 Published in issue #1016 Oct 17, 2008 Order article reprints