Martin McNulty Crane of Brazos comes from a long line of remarkable patriarchs. His great great grandfather was an orphan who taught himself law, became Texas Attorney General and fought the KKK. His great grandfather was a lieutenant in World War I. His granfather was an airline pilot who brought his family up in Iran. His dad is a scientist. You’d be forgiven, then, in thinking young Martin had created something a little more vivifying with his second album. The intentions are there, with the Brooklyn-based trio immediately constructing a profusion of vivacious melody with tambourine-infused opener ‘Always On’, Crane’s vocals chirpy and wholesome in their delivery. But it soon becomes tinged with a wearisome mediocrity that makes it sound like the kind of album you would find soundtracking a city-centre café that sells packaged sandwiches for over four quid.

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