HomeTown Criers - Come Alive

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These are a bunch of high school guys? Whoa. Heard blind, I would have put this group at solidly post-collegiate, on the other end of the a cappella arc. Maybe it's the mixing and mastering, maybe it's the relatively small cast for a college-style album, but the sound here makes me think of amiable 35-year-olds, not equally amiable incoming freshmen. I don't know whether that's good or bad, per se, but it's something to think about. Displays of youth are rarely a liability in the pop music world, and I wonder if the Town Criers would have been better off to make something a little more boyish.