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Reverend RB

How the Cookie Crumbles

Local Album Review

Reverend RB

“We like to create a community where different voices can be heard,” Buice explains. “We believe we have something to learn from lots of different people.” And each month, the Unitarians lend the pulpit to different voices. This month, however, RB might give them more than they bargained for. He’s one of the few poets to live life on his own terms, finding peace amid the perpetual parties and immature rabble in Fort Sanders. There will be two services this Sunday, at 9 and 11:15 a.m., finishing up just in time for brunch.

How the Cookie Crumbles

Local Album Review

The album opens with “I built my life around a dream but now I’m waking up,” which uses shimmering industrial sounds and gorgeous string compositions to create a modern atmospheric sound reminiscent of Canadian indie band Broken Social Scene . Then he builds into unharnessed emotion on the percussion-heavy “Drinking the Sky.” Some tracks sound more singer-songwriter, but even those are intricately crafted in song structure. The only anomalies on the album are “Sans Libido” and “Caramel,” which tiptoe a little too far into headache-inducing rawk-land. But Allen wins you back on the guitar solo, “A Joke About Hitler,” emoting a melancholy outlook without saying a word. For a 20-year-old, Allen understands life, or at least its sucky parts, like heartbreak and decision-making, with staggering maturity, as is evidenced on “Existence” and “Spin, Fruit, Spiraling.” You can pick up Post-Mortem at either location of Disc Exchange and look for Allen playing live around town. We expect to hear more and more from him.

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