12 Desperate Straight Lines
Label: Merge Records
The brains behind Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, and he's out to rock -- well, at least compared to his debut. His hushed acoustic and breezy power pop remains, but for his sophomore effort there's a kick to it, a passion that blazes a little brighter. It might have something to do with a lost love; we can only assume from the woeful lyrics because the music itself absolutely bubbles with confidence: "Please Ask for Help" has a hint of The Cure, while "50 Ways" has the bold guitar of Built to Spill, and closer "Gotta Get It Right Now" is Matthew Sweet at his most upbeat.