Does this sound more like Oasis or Supergrass? I have been going back and forth for quite a while, and the answer seems to be "Yes."

Two Harbors
The Natural Order of Things

This Minneapolis band decided to go full Anglophile on its third album, even trekking over to Abbey Road for mastering. Oh, and the boys insist the album sounds best on vinyl. Of course, this is true of almost anything, but why cramp a romantic style?

Oh, and this is just as crunchy, tuneful and powerful as Two Harbor's influences. The production isn't quite as muscular, but then, the budget is lower. These days, though, indie production comes a lot closer to the major ideal than it used to. And truthfully, I like the little bits of space that crop up from time to time. Reminds me that a human made this after all.

I always hesitate when I hear something that so obviously apes a particular sound. But if you play enough Blur, Pulp, Oasis and Supergrass, it can be hard to immediately distinguish who is who. Not all the time, but often enough. This is a type, after all.

And Two Harbors doesn't work too hard to present its own spin. This is wallowing in a glorious feel without any apology. If you aren't down with that, I understand. But I don't mind entering a modern wayback now and again. Lovely.

Jon Worley

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