American Wrestlers

American Wrestlers

The backstory is a good one. Gary McClure, once of the Manchester, UK–based group Working for a Nuclear Free City, moves to the Midwestern United States for a woman; then, with the cheapest equipment available, he records this enjoyable guitar-pop album. "Lo-fi" hardly means anything here, since the songs sound fully fleshed-out. In other words, it doesn’t feel like a gimmick. The beauty of songs like "I Can Do No Wrong,” “The Rest of You,” and “Kelly” is kept intact and made easier on the ears by a consistency of tone and approach. Numerous comparisons made to other lo-fi and even mainstream acts seem superfluous.

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