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When We Break

Author: Mike Hammer
03/02/2006 | Broken Dollz | Album Review
Press play on "When We Break" and you will hear a combination of crunchy guitars, with
angular and screechy solos, and powerful and precise drumming. You will pump your fist and sing
along to the layered rock dynasty that Criteria has created. "When We Break" is a scruffy little rock
record that belongs in your CD collection next to bands like Archers of Loaf, Fugazi, Cursive and
Liars Academy.

"When We Break" is 11 tracks of tasty, crunchy, not overcooked, fancifully flavored, uniquely
marinated, rock that will fill you up. When this record is over all you can do is pat your stomach
and smile. This recording has an earnest yelp, a cocky swagger and a pretty little hat, it has it all.

Starting with the first track, "Prevent the World," Criteria grinds out anthemic tunes to get you
moving, make you pound out a rhythm on your desk and have you droolin at the thought of
seeing them live. Criteria's sound is a pyramid of wandering guitars and forceful drumming that
only slows down to build up speed to run at you and hit you in the chest.

Criteria is fronted by guitarist/vocalist Sephen Pederson - formerly of Cursive and
White Octave - and shares some of the 'emo' feel of those bands; but fellow bandmates AJ Mogis
- producer extraordinaire and bass player formerly of softer, more singer/songwriter friendly,
Lullaby for the Working Class - and Mike Sweeny - the drumming genius behind the more
sonically and electronically ambitious dance rock of Beep Beep - join Pederson and help create an
individual sound for Criteria.

Pederson's lyrics range from the personal - about his leaving law school and getting back in a
band and trying to let the world hear his songs - to the political - with lines like "Who protects
citizens from Presidents?"The only lines that don't ring true on "When We Break" are the words
"I'm starting a life without luck" on the song "Good Luck." The lines are clearly not true, cause
Pederson and the rest of his Criteria mates have obviously been lucky enough to be born with the
talent to write engaging rock songs and we are all lucky cause we can hear them.
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