Wheat
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Medeiros , 7/10
Hope And Adams , 6.5/10
Per Second (2003), 5/10
Everyday I Said A Prayer (2007), 5/10
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Wheat is a Massachussetts quartet (vocalist Scott Levesque, guitarist Rich Brennan, bassist Kenny Madaras, drummer Brendan Harney) whose debut album, Medeiros (Sugar Free, 1997), surprised with an understated, graceful, melancholy folk-rock that bridges three generations: Simon and Garfunkel, R.E.M., and Belle And Sebastian. Preprise, Summer, Death Car, Soft Polluted Blacks, Leslie West float in a lazy haze and attain an almost transcendent mood.

Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev) enhanced the sound of Hope And Adams (Sugar Free, 1999), whose catchy and moody Body Talk, Slow Fade and No One Ever Told Me add a magical quality to the soulfulness. The baroque harmonies of Raised Ranch Revolution may represent the prelude to something even bigger.

On the other hand, Per Second (Aware, 2003) is a trivial application of their physics, relying on slick production rather than on underlying content.

Wheat was reduced to the duo of vocalist and guitarist Scott Levesque and drummer Brendan Harney on Everyday I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square (2007), that marked a complete u-turn towards a lo-fi aesthetic and more irregular song structures.

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