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  Make Believe (Side B)
Artist: University
Label: Independent 
Length: 3 tracks, 11:31

Chicago is a growing home to a number of talented bands. These are included, but not limited to, Sleeping at Last, Matthew, Duvall, and now University. The band University does not yet have a full length on their resume, but a pair of EPs show the band's pop sensibilities with a good sense of when to rock out. Make Believe (Side A) was the first EP from the band and now we have Make Believe (Side B), which shows an improvement in the band's sound.

The opening track "Silly Lyv" is pretty explosive right out of the gate as Aaron Mortensen sings, "I bet you'd like to find the answer." The following track "Dirty Smile" is probably the catchiest of the batch and even includes a bit of synthesizer work. On the closing track "Make Believe" we hear a distinct Beatles influence as the band slows things down a little. All three tracks here are distinct from each other and stand out as solid songs on their own.

I guess now we just have to hope for a full length from University because it sounds like these guys have some great songs inside of them. Here's hoping.

Trae Cadenhead 8/25/2004

Trae Cadenhead is a student at Union University. He is pursuing a Digital Media Studies major with a Film Studies minor and plans to become involved in film making following school. Trae also has an enormous interest in music. Along with writing for the Tollbooth, Trae maintains Loconotion (, a digital archive of his thoughts on music and movies as well as a gallery of the art and video work he has done.



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