Upon first listen it's punk-influenced pop from the mid-'90s. Perfectly adequate yet unspectacular. Almost worth the price of admission just for Flagpole Sitta, a monster single that barely belongs on the album.
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Upon first listen it's like if the Mars Volta were a hardcore band. And not Spanish-speaking. I wasn't sure they would be able to top Hidden World, and while I'm not sure they have just yet, they sure made more than an adequate attempt.
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Upon first listen Mr. Folds is at his best when he's goofy and slightly over-the-top. He does both of those things here, as well as some more traditional Songs of Silverman-esque tracks.
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Upon first very long listen it's a staggering amount of audio. Forgive the hyperbole, but it seems like it's 112 tracks and 74 hours long. Still, they find a way to reinvent nearly all of their songs in sometimes positive, mostly negative (for those that listen to them a lot) ways. I think it wildly appropriate when artists rearrange, tweak or modify songs after they've been released and/or in live settings, but this takes it to a level I'm not entirely comfortable with. Yet.
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Upon first listen it's not going to be able to touch Flash, Flash, Flash which is in my top 10 punk albums of all time, but it is their version of New Wave. Grown up, well-produced, yet familiar. A lot better than Black Tape.
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Upon first listen this is the ablum in which we'll look back in 10 years and say one of two things: A) This is when Bloc Party really started expanding their sonic pallette and taking us with them - or B) This is when Bloc Party stopped being cool (forgiving Weekend In The City).
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Upon first listen I was initially going to call this Beatles-esque but airy, drawn out and darker. And just then, I realized that Pink Floyd would be more apt - and in a good way.
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Upon first listen I was expecting most of the bands to run together. Stylistically, they do, but their is more than enough nuance to differentiate. Still, I don't think I could listen to more than EP worth of tracks from any of them.
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Upon first listen it's not quite as little-kid-friendly as Owl, nor is it as catchy. Still, the concept is great and there are some really terrific tunes on here.
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Upon first listen I've heard most of these tracks before, but they still sound invigorating, fresh and angry.
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