Buddahead’s frontman, Raman Kia, is a native of Iran who as a young boy fled that country and the violence of its Islamic Revolution. Certainly many years have passed since then, so don’t expect songs like “Ruin” to be about ruthless regimentation; it’s about a faltering love relationship.

“Sour Grapes” is equally emotional but much more powerful in its delivery; Kia sounds more sincere when he forgoes the shaky high notes and here his regular singing voice is fraught with drama. “Rescue Us” is a slow tearjerker set to acoustic guitar that when performed in concert will no doubt be a favorite sway-and-cuddle moment for couples, while “If I Tried” sounds like the band’s best bet to get radio airplay.

Grade: B

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