David Messier

Time Bomb (Same Sky)

Texas Platters

Messier sharpens his wide-ranging directions on sophomore LP Time Bomb without losing any adventurousness. Wielding a clever lyrical sense and hook-laden love for unexpected pop exploration, the album fuses dark and brooding, threatening to blow in its tightly wound arrangements. "I Want You to Move Me" swings toward Dire Straits, and New Wave fascinations abound, while the title track slowly breaks into epic, swelling movements. Smart and fascinatingly crafted.

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