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Brian Lisik and the Unfortunates bring a new set of guitar-rock tracks with We’re Sorry.. Straight-ahead but rough-edged and with quirky lyrics, the songs are self-aware with a sometimes tongue-in-cheek attitude but nonetheless soaked in real feeling. The artistic voice is consistent even as the style varies, from the garage-punk of “Another Friday Night” and “The Meat Locker” and the wry sexuality of “Bye Bi Love” to the small-town lament of “Hey Zelienople!,” the ’70s-summery sheen of “IDKWTIC,” and “Feudal Nights” with its Jackson Browne/BTO flavor.
Lisik’s voice has taken on even more of his habitual heart-on-sleeve honesty, evoking the early Bruce Springsteen as he piles on the syllables like the sun’s about to go down forever in “Heart a Hand.” Acoustic songs towards the end of the album showcase the more vulnerable side of his sensibility, along with more of the arch humor. A plea, a snarl, the occasional whine, all called forth from a fully seasoned and mastered vocal instrument.