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“Local rock/roll trio Stereo Sons released a new album last week, their second, and it’s called We’re All Friends Here. In an existential, human condition kind of way, I dig what they’re saying. We’re all on the same team, guys. The music on WAFH is a very easy-listening, ’90s kind of groove rock, with a grownup balance of pessimism and optimism. “Was my heart so hollow?” asks singer Chris Klepac on standout track “Close Enough Forever.” Klepac questions love and the motives of others a lot through his lyrics. He’s an observer, and takes his time trying to figure people out. Mike O’Doherty does solid work on drums and samples, and Carlos Tulloss, he of ever-stylish jazz fusion group Afrocop and talented new wavers Screens, adds his golden touch on bass (check out the propulsion he brings to opener “One Thousand Goth Keyboards”).” — Line Out (The Stranger)