BELLEVUE The Road To Recovery (independent) Rating: NNNN
If there's a cliché that still rings true after all these years, it's "Practice makes perfect." And if there's anyone this old adage applies to, it's Toronto's Bellevue.
When the trio first started, like every other small-time indie act, they were struggling to find their sound. Now, after one full-length and countless gigs around the city, Bellevue can be counted among Toronto's best unsigned acts.
On their sophomore album, they've perfected their early 90s Pavement-like sound. It's gritty and simple yet extremely infectious, with a plethora of hooky alt-rock choruses. While it won't break them, don't be surprised if a label comes calling.
One Two Three, with its fuzzy vocals and rapid downstrokes, recalls Sweet Homewrecker-era Thrush Hermit, while Bitter & Blue sounds like Stephen Malkmus fronting Weezer. Of course, there's always room for improvement, so if their history is any indication, Bellevue's next album should be the one to put them on Canada's map.
Bellevue play Rancho Relaxo August 16.