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THE REINDEER SECTION Son Of The Evil Reindeer (BrightStar/PIAS) Rating: NNN
Yet more strummy, sad-eyed pop from the overpopulated Reindeer Section project, which includes, not surprisingly, the terminally forlorn members of Belle and Sebastian, Alfie, Idlewild, Astrid, the Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub and just about anyone else made misty by Simon and Garfunkel. The decidedly downtempo Son Of The Evil Reindeer sounds like a collection of tunes the members figured were too weedy to present to their own cardigan-clad crews. Well hushed.