"The New Originals" Oklahoma Gazette

This review was written by Preston Jones and appeared in the Oklahoma Gazette, Wednesday 27 April, 2005:

From the gritty opening notes of "Safe Distance," Norman-based quintet Locust Avenue ferociously channels the spiritual likes of The Replacements and The Kinks through the 10 tracks on "The New Originals" — leaving listeners with a permanent grin stapled to their faces and an undeniable urge to hit the repeat button after every track.

Band together around Normanite Jeff Richardson, Locust Avenue's first new record in almost four years is a alt-pop gem buffed to a high, lovely shine by the production genius of Carl Amburn, working from his increasingly visible Mousetrap Studios.

Another byproduct of the disc is an irrepressible urge to see Locust Avenue perform, which is understandable, at least according to Richardson.

"A lot of our early live performances were trial by fire and they helped us figure out what worked and what didn't as far as song arrangements went," Richardson told Oklahoma Gazette earlier this month. "Our live set over the first eight months of our existence as a band is essentially the album."

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