Local Reviews: Spiral Diary

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Spiral Diary
Beautiful Divide
Someday Records
Street: 06.18
Spiral Diary = Dashboard Confessional + Saves the Day + Plain White T’s
This CD was a cringefest.  Emo, as a genre, is sort of embarrassing by definition, even at its best, and bad emo music is so mortifying that it makes me want to curl up in a fetal position.  I don’t understand––why did this even get made?  Why did anyone think that lyrics like “If it seems too good to be true, / it’s probably too good to be true” needed to be sung by a dude with an annoyingly nasal breathy voice?  Why, then, were flaccid, mealy acoustic guitar chords added? The whole venture is just confusing and awkward.