The third album from San Francisco's Unjust starts with a brief, moody fake-out, "Paper Planets," an instrumental Falling - Unjust - Glow would not sound out of place on a mid-period Cure album, before launching headfirst into "Throwin' Pennies," a by-the-book blend of emo and nu-metal that sounds like it was created in a Clear Channel focus group. That sound continues unabated -- and nearly entirely unchanged -- throughout the rest of Glowmaking it an album of remarkable emotional and stylistic consistency but a tiresome, deadening listening experience.
The band is not without its strengths -- singer Paul Mendoza at times recalls Faith No More 's Mike Pattonno mean Disco - First Things First - Ruins & Remains 91 - 97, and the rhythm section of bassist Eric Wong and drummer Brian Palkowski packs a solid alt-rock wallop -- but the songwriting never shows more than occasional flashes of strength.
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Track Listing. Paper Planets. Throwin Pennies. Way Out. Thom Tucker. Naming the Monster. Notes from a Sunday Morning. Room 5. Falling Thom Tucker.