Avoiding the sophomore slump—if that's even a thing anymore—with 2010's History from Below, San Diego's shimmery rock crew Delta Spirit sounds downright reborn on their new self-titled LP. The band's renowned experimentalism is ever-present, with warm guitar accents and bold melodies courtesy of vocalist Matthew Vasquez. Fantastic moments of atmospheric bombast abound on loud tracks like "Tear It Up," segueing into more reserved, synth-y sonic blasts on tunes like the catchy "California." "Idaho," on the other hand, is a rollicking sermon on the malaise of the Potato State, awash with alternately chopping and sweeping guitar patterns. The dichotomy works, and is one of many great examples as to why Delta Spirit took up residency in the Billboard 200 upon its release, and why the band has amassed a varied and loyal fanbase, which is bound to only keep growing. RYAN J. PRADO
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