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Fortune and Glory: Centurion

This six-song EP finds Madison's most courageous pop-punk band maturing as songwriters.

Why courageous?

Because the members of Fortune and Glory make music that confronts their fears and self-doubt. "Are you more than all these regrets that are holding you down?" sings Dave Newberg on "Jacked and Tan."

Why maturing? Because the quintet don't rely on frenetic tempos to inject their songs with energy this time out. They still play fast, but they brake long enough to crank out clear melodies that often swell to a chanting chorus.

One of the pleasures of following local bands is experiencing the sincerity and passion of musicians trying to take their art to the next level. Those qualities are plain to see in Fortune and Glory. They conclude this EP with "There Here's Dougie," an energetic anthem declaring their unwavering commitment to making it as a band. "We may never get this chance again; we've got to take it while we can," they sing.

To that end, Centurion is a solid step forward.

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