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Written by then-teenager Michael Feerick, Amusement Parks on Fire captures the dizzying wonder and longing despair of loveless adolescence. Feerick's influences are clear: MBV, Ride, Swervedriver. But what he captures more capably than most revivalists is the urgency behind the atmospheres and the hooks within the haze. "Venus in Cancer" achieves lift-off with ever-increasing layers of guitar volume and scribbly curls of distortion; "Local Boy Makes God" drowns in washes of oceanic guitar. There are also softer, piano and string-saturated elegies like "Asphalt" and "The Ramones Book." More impressive than Feerick's diverse songwriting is his musicianship. He sings and plays every instrument, handling ebb and flow dynamics with ease, conveying the feeling of a full band throughout. On Fire, indeed.