All the same, it would be a huge mistake to write off the Turin Brakes. The duo has Jeff Buckley's command of morose ache -- singer Olly Knights even sings with a hint of his mentor's whispered glam-rock moan. A more important distinction, though, is the Brakes' fascination with American roots music, an influence that's obvious on their second album, Ether Song. Their jangle is earthy rather than twee, and it sounds full enough to be radio-ready. If the Turin Brakes lack touring companion David Gray's mild flirtation with electronic music, they more than compensate for it with vocal harmonies that sound as inviting as Simon and Garfunkel's. Quiet may never be the new loud, but the Turin Brakes prove that it doesn't have to be.
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