The brothers Kadane (Matt and Bubba) got flak for ending 90s gaze favourites Bedhead only to start fresh with the New Year, a group that sounds, by most accounts, exactly like Bedhead. Like a bad joke about resolutions, the New Year didn't change at all on their Newness Ends debut and furthered their guitar-trio patterns on 04s The End Is Near.
Once again Steve Albini-produced, their third effort doesn't stray wildly from Matt's laid-back vocals and the intertwining melodic guitar parts they're now known for, but there is at least one effort to evolve. The piano has a noticeable presence on the disc's back end, especially on Body And Soul and My Neighborhood. It works tremendously well with their sound; makes you wonder why it took six albums before they tried it.
The New Year hit Lee's Palace Wednesday (October 15).