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Impeccably well- crafted, East Is East’s eponymous album is eclectic, contemporary album-rock not unlike that of all those British post-new-wave bands that made listenable but unlovable albums in the early to mid-’80s. The 14-song disc deftly integrates hard rock, folk rock, and synth-pop, and is well-supplied with melody: “Soar” and “Creepy Man” (the latter slightly annoying in its infectiousness) are but two of the album’s tuneful selections. Less conspicuous, however, is personality or a point of view. Playful enough to construct a medley of “Dear Prudence” and “Sweet Home Alabama” (with a bit of “Piggies”), the Maryland quintet is nonetheless a little bland. Though is East Is East is entirely listenable, at times it seems as if the band would be more aptly named Midwest. The album’s available from Miranda Records, 2464 Churchville Rd., Suite 169, Bel Air, MD 21015.