"Cryptic Eucalyptus" pulls a minimalist melody from the Nirvana school of song structure, but Saathoff adds a delightful twist in the long, seemingly repetitive instrumental section near the end. Each pass through the two alternating chords finds a slightly different rhythmic turn from the acoustic guitar and an equally small change in the lead-guitar melody. But he comes closest to finding his own voice on "Diamond Surprise," a catchy little jingle featuring a delicious keyboard line that imitates a country-music fiddle and a nearly insipid but irresistibly beautiful lead-guitar lick. The bridge turns from a lovely acoustic tone to a surprisingly aggressive harshness and then comes back to its roots. If Saathoff can find a way to make that connection more organic, he'll really have something.
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