February 16, 2001

Test Spin: Arlo

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Sub Pop records has featured such prominent artists as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney. And now, with the label’s release of Arlo’s latest, Up High in the Night, it seems that beloved grunge is making one last effort to resurface.

Despite the initial charm and enthusiasm of some songs on the album, it seems that the time is no longer right for such direct echoes of early 90’s grunge in today’s screaming rock world.

But on a positive note, “So Long” shows off the band’s best attributes with sweet harmonies that overshadow the less noticeable portions of the music.

Other tracks, though, seem to bleed together into inoffensive background noise.

Although this album may not be entirely appropriate for an afternoon of deep listening, it seems entirely appropriate for a giddy summer road trip.

Archived article by Stacy Williams