OPE!

The ranch dressing of music blogs by Brady Gerber.

Liquid Mike on Bandcamp.

Rating: 4 out of 4.

How folks talked about Wednesday and MJ Lenderman last year is how I feel about Liquid Mike. The new album is pretty good and very good at times, but “American Caveman” is stunning. Feels like the Michigan sun slapping you in the face while teaching you how to canoe and believe in people. Not a single wasted note. The ideal OPE! band and song. I guess Third Eye Blind’s influence on this decade is comparable to the Goo Goo Dolls’ impact on the last decade and The Replacements the decade before. You know a song deserves high praise when a railroad harmonica doesn’t sound embarrassing. Not groundbreaking yet a familiar feeling done perfectly.

-Brady Gerber

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