There are many who think Radiohead have a lot to answer for as each years brings up its own deluge of angsty rock bands. A Pacific Model from Texas happen to be one of the better examples; thanks to having plenty of ideas of their own. They like to experiment but, crucially, it's always for a good reason.
Bookended by a deceptive chill-out/easy listening intro/outro, 'Divisions' is satisfying complete. 'Gathering Data' is certainly angsty but it avoids "whiny" by the strength of vocalist Daniel Hazelwood's performance and an intelligent use of space. 'Anniversary' is typical of the band's skills; stately and understated in the beginning, then the arrangement swells and is sung with enough passion and warmth to merit comparisons with the best of Elbow. 'Catapults' features glistening guitars and a crunchy beat that is seductive as well as tense; there's even some fine falsetto harmonies added for good measure whilst 'The Turbulence' - a plethora of ambient textures - is a victory for substance over atmosphere. Only when they rock-out on 'Slow Silent' do they over-egg the pudding but they can be forgiven for that one mistake. Because this is one of the best modern alternative rock albums to be released this year.