Too often it seems as though pop-rock albums could be retitled Variations on a Song. The charm of Talking With Ed, by Tangerine Trousers, is that it steers well clear of being one of those albums. The laid-back tunes, split between female and male vocals, range from a fun country-alternative track and a saucy number, to modern pop pieces and even a mysterious Egyptian sound. Tangerine Trousers could truly sparkle with a more confident, polished edge, which they can easily build from this strong, eclectic base.

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