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LAist CD Review: The Whispertown 2000

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Less than a minute into the opening track of Whispertown 2000's second full length album Swim, you start to wonder if this is another quartet of musical pretenders riding the coattails of more successful artists before them.

Opening track "103,” a country infused adage about the weariness and wariness of growing old, frolics playfully – guided by lead singer and guitarist Morgan Nagler's slyly beautiful voice. It's a love song for centenarians, (“When I'm a hundred and three/Will you still like me when my body's gone?”) but it's playful tone is not enough to carry an album through 11 songs. Or at least not enough to be taken seriously.

But any doubts about the intentions of Nagler, together with co-singer and percussionist Vanessa Corbala, guitarist Tod Adrian Wisenbaker and his brother, bassist Casey Wisenbaker, are erased 17 seconds into track two.