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There's an easily identifiable clang when it comes to garage rock from the Midwestern U.S. The nurtured inspirations of Minnesota legends The Replacements eek through the landscape like ice fishing and off-hand stories off the Bad Boy-era Detroit Pistons. So its not too far off to hear some wished revivalism of Paul Westerberg's sullen bar rock in Lansing trio Cheap Girls.

The band's newest album, Famous Graves, comes along like a second cousin to Westerberg's aching yelps. Brothers Ian and Ben Graham and guitarist Adam Aymor cull together an amiable collection of tracks on Cheap Girls that would do just as well scoring the backdrop on a montage of teenage roadtrips. Effortlessly romantic and earnest, but gripping enough to find fun through the seams.

That is to say, also, there aren't too many moments on the band's fourth studio LP that are going to reach out and steal you away. The chugging motif of the album doesn't really sway from Cheap Girls' lovable comfort zone, for better or worse. Walking through a listen again and again and it's hard to say how the beginning really differs from the end.

But the swollen beauty of the Graham brothers and Aymor's splintered effort doesn't need to fight for much else. 'Amazing Grace', despite its deterring title might inhibit, punches with a generous power-pop pull. Ian Graham, on vocals, dutifully proclaims, "I'm the last one on Earth that you should call." But its hard to notice how dire his stance is when the three mash together such warm progressions.

For its weight, that's where the band matters most. Ian Graham plays with solemn ideas but the unnerving charm the band so naturally crafts together is undeniable. The Westerberg comparisons may be in line because of regional stereotypes, but rarely did The Replacements sound so giddy in its resolute desperation.

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