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Riviera in Illinois Entertainer

“Complacent is a place I’ll never see” sings Derek Philips on “Sympathy,” the closing track on Riviera’s sophomore album, Capital. It’s a theme running throughout the Wilco-esque recording. Upbeat tempos belie the five-piece’s down-and-out lyrical outpouring. Falsetto ooh-oohs mask the dissatisfaction in lines “See so many things, but little change/the past is past/but history’s the same/evolution’s slower than a snail” from “Snails.” Capital proves Riviera fits nicely with its Chicago alt-country brethren. –Illinois Entertainer


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