Hello Operator | The Breaks (s/r)

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cd_hello-operator.jpgGuitars are strummed with purpose; a vocal stylizer adds fizz.







Canada's Hello Operator have gifted we neighbors to the south with a six-song package full of feel-good pop/rock. Opener "Chasing Satellites" is upbeat, rocking but not too hard. "She Lies Like the Devil" is a bit too mainstream; you can almost hear the posturing in Mike Condo's voice. "Take Me Away" has a bit more personality; pianos and a natural falsetto add some nice flair.

The band throws out a curve ball with "55 Regrets." Guitars are strummed with purpose; a vocal stylizer adds fizz. This one's the album standout for sure; if you crank just one song on your car stereo, make this the one. "Pieces of My Heart" wears its pop/rock emblem proud; nothing new, but nothing unlikeable, either. Disc closer "Things I've Become" is a nice post-breakup number, accented with the welcome return of Condo's falsetto.

Maybe Hello Operator aren't groundbreaking or unique, but they know their place and they play it well. The Breaks is a quick listen, to be sure, but one which fits nicely into the lazy soundtrack to your summer. B- | Laura Hamlett

RIYL: Plain White T's, All American Rejects

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