A surprising release from this Iowa City/Fort Collins duo; music that is bright and sunny, counterbalanced by somewhat dark lyrics.  I like this; it’s wide – all over the map and infectious.  From the moment the opening track “Princes Of Rubble” kicks in, it’s a fun musical ride.  “Autumn Percussion” has an almost-shanty like rhythm and mournful sounding vocals; “Taking You With Me” is eerie-pop matched by some intriguing lyrics (“…I left her there to rot…”).  The quality of sound is not to be overlooked, either; crisp and taut drums; sparkling acoustic guitars and solid keyboards with great, rich background vocals.  “Alexander Palace” is gentle and lush; “Multi Unit Housing Makes Bad Neighbors” is clever, well-constructed and highly catchy; the closer, “Union” is acoustic simplicity and beauty.  Full marks to The Lonelyhearts for this first great album of the summer.  Years In The Interior will grow on you instantly.

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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