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If you didn’t already know what to expect from the dudes who quietly ushered alt-rock radio out of the ’90s with their bland single, “Everything You Want,” Vertical Horizon have made it easy with their guest drummer on the band’s latest album – Rush’s Neil Peart. We know what you’re thinking – someone’s still paying these guys to make music? Yes, and it gets worse. 2009’s Burning the Days delivers a smorgasbord of light, mid-tempo alt-rock, landing the quartet somewhere between Creed and Tool on the sonic spectrum. It’s about as safe and unchallenging as you can get, but then again, it’s an oldies one-hit wonder. What else did you expect?

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