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Alberta Cross

Songs of Patience (ATO Records)

At only five years old as a band, England's Alberta Cross has created the kind of listenable album that will please different types of music fans. They have worked in support of Oasis and toured with The Dave Mathews Band and both alliances make sense once you hear AC in full flow here.

They deliver a not unfamiliar sound sourced from baggy mod Brit-pop that is borne by the rising emotional chorus riveted neatly into nearly every song. Driving all these heaven-directed plaints is singer Petter Ericson Stakee using his high register voice to the limits of earnestness. It works, though the latter quarter of the album seems to begin to tread on familiar ground musically speaking and one can only feel uplifted for so long before something eventually will begin to sag, drag and fall.

At a short 10 tracks the band pretty much gets the job done without making you feel like they've lost their direction and started paddling on only one side of the canoe. Your patience will only be tested slightly and these songs are at least memorable when they are blasting into your ear buds. After that, it's up to you. 'Ö'Ö'Ö

-- Jeff Monk

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 18, 2012 G4

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