Who imagined that three guys from Northern England would write the quintessential American pop album of 2002? Throughout Into Your Head, BBMak demonstrates what two years in the trenches can do for yo

Who imagined that three guys from Northern England would write the quintessential American pop album of 2002? Throughout Into Your Head, BBMak demonstrates what two years in the trenches can do for you, following the near-platinum success of 2000's Sooner or Later. Here, Christian Burns, Ste McNally, and Mark Barry drape macho instrumentation—read: real instruments, which they play with limitless fervor—over glittering melodies that reflect the guys' savvy songwriting skills and pristine harmonics. In a just world, the hits would keep on coming, including positive pantheon "Staring into Space," posh powerhouse anthem "Sympathy," and "The Beginning," a thinking man's rock ballad about the twilight days of a relationship. Into Your Head is a momentous leap forward for the trio, and it personifies the direction pop music should have taken, where melodies and musicality count for the most. An absolute ace.—CT

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