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It's been three years since The Sames released their self-titled EP; three long years to those who adore their barbed melodies sheathed in gauzy dissonance. The band tightens their interpretation of the pop song on You Are the Sames, as the hummable verse-to-chorus modes run on the fuel of dense instrumentation; piano, theremin and Wurlitzer pack each number here, alongside the usual bass, drums and synthesizers. The best moments happen at the nexus of noise and anthem rock, when the song's catchy sharpness goes stratospheric in overloaded, feedback-rich guitar bursts; see "In Liberty Lights" and "Bomb Scare."


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