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The La’s weren’t around long enough to be much more than a one-hit wonder, even though that particular hit, the shimmering “There She Goes,” is one of the most perfect songs ever written. If they had been, chances are the discography would read like this: a mediocre second album lost in the grunge deluge, a few side or solo projects resulting in a Buzz Clip video, and finally, a breakthrough third album. Instead, the band’s former bassist, John Power, formed Cast (which he fronts, having switched to guitar) and released that third record six years later—only now, nobody cares. The songs on All Change hark back to the days when the British Invasion meant nice boys in well-coordinated suits rather than glam-garbed, loudmouthed bastards, and sound as though Power is desperately trying to be Roger Daltrey. Power’s lyrics don’t do much to thwart the Who comparison—especially when he attempts to rally the disgruntled youth on “Promised Land.” He can still write a mean riff, though, such as the distorted chord progression in the verse of “Reflections” and the synth-guitar intro to “History.” Unfortunately, it seems as though Power wasn’t paying attention to what was going on in the half-decade he was on the bench. Offering up nothing new, All Change is a record that doesn’t warrant any significant reaction whatsoever. Power is spot on when he sings, “Think of me as history.” Funny, we already did.

—Tina Plottel