That's the minor feeling attributed to The Boxing Lesson's new album Wild Streaks and Windy Days. The entirety of the twelve tracks, from the opener "Dark Side of the Moog" (ugh) to the instrumental heavy close of the title track, the range The Boxing Lesson could accomplish feels significantly short. It's a diminutive synth heavy record that echoes 'borrowed' or 'old,' and doesn't come forth to any range not before reached. That may be asking a lot, but when your largest influence is Pink Floyd, you're gonna have to bring something larger than this.
That being said, the album does survive with a few bright spots. "Lower," "Muerta," "Scoundrel," and "The Art of Pushing Me Away" all bring out the best in the Boxing Lesson. The atmosphere of guitars and vocal breaches show flashes of promise, but still hold back with the borrowed factor. Yet, as a whole, tracks like, "Dark Side of the Moog," Hopscotch & Sodapop," and "Hanging with the Wrong Crowd" drag Wild Streaks and Windy Days down to an unimpressive hole.
Score: 4.4 out of 10
Wild Streaks and Windy Days is Out Now. Check out The Boxing Lesson Myspace for Further Information about the Band.