Sugarcult's 2001 breakthrough Start Static may not have pushed any musical boundaries, but it did contain a handful of tracks with hooks that could land marlins, from a band who's influences obviously stretched back a little further than Dookie.
Despite the somewhat clumsy metaphor - "She's the blade, and you're just paper." - opener She's The Blade is what we've come to expect from Sugarcult: Aggression tempered by memorable melodies, layered vocals backed up by shimmering guitar . . . all wrapped up inside three minutes. The only problem is that this is about as good as it gets.
Palm Trees And Power Lines isn't a bad album by any means, in fact it's pretty good, but crucially it's not as strong as Start Static, when it needed to be significantly better. I'd hoped for more from a band that really seemed to understand their own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe next time.