Saddle Creek | Neva Dinova | Reviews


You May Already Be Dreaming

Author: Josh Modell
05/01/2008 | SPIN | | Album Review
There's trying to sound like you're not trying and then there's actually not trying—Omaha's countryish rockers Neva Dinova do a bit of both on their third album. At worst, chief songwriter Jake Bellows sounds utterly bored by his own compositions: Crazy horse-style guitars save "Clouds" from total flatness, but the minimal "Tryptophan" admits defeat right in the title. A discernible vocal melody startles the John Prine-inspired "Love From Below" from the haze, and an increased tempo jump-starts "It's Hard to Love You," but it's an uphill battle after so many purposefully uninspired moments.

2/5 stars