Please, Ambitious, Please

3.5 out of 5 stars

I almost didn’t make it past the first song on this EP from Denver’s Fiancé. But I’m so happy that I stuck with it.

What starts off with an over-the-top trite pop song, grows into a super-strong album with brooding indie rock that is well written and well performed, with flavorings of British pop, indie rock and classical composition.

The Denver natives liken their music to Elliot Smith and David Bazan and, in a sense, they are very correct. But the quartet finds themselves, at least on Please, Ambitious, Please, at their best when they’re simply being themselves.

The band has already had the KBCO Studio-C nod, as well as a wealth of additional attention, and if they keep writing songs like the last four on this album they’ll keep that momentum going.

— Brian F. Johnson

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