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From the minute "Out for Me" kicks off this debut disc, it's clear that Ultrapull is ready for the radio. The quartet's music is filled with power chords, catchy refrains, and easy harmonies—in

From the minute "Out for Me" kicks off this debut disc, it's clear that Ultrapull is ready for the radio. The quartet's music is filled with power chords, catchy refrains, and easy harmonies—instantly likeable tunes ideally suited for a party in a friend's basement or a top-down drive in a convertible. On tracks like "Lose It," "Boomerang," and "Breathe," Ultrapull hits the nail on the head with an accessible rock sound akin to a sunnier Green Day or a less flippant Blink-182. Unfortunately, the set is uneven: Several harder numbers are fine but lack a certain punch, and the handful of quieter near-ballads feel like they're trying too hard. Overall, vocalist Dale Everett and guitarist Gerard Garcia have done an admirable job writing

all the tracks. Despite the album's weaknesses, a few choice cuts show Ultrapull's great potential.—WH
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