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Roomful of Lions

  • 1. Ag1
    2. Juno 3
    3. Bird & Sword
    4. Silver Agers
    5. Lights
    6. Halo
    7. Theft
    8. Invisible Raincoat
    9. Drowned in Bed
    10. Left Out Synamite
    11. Abwehr
    12. Switch, The
    13. Waves of Love
    14. Casimir
    15. Ag2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06

  • Credits

    National Eye: Gianmarco Cilli, William Baggott, Richard Flom, Douglas Kirby, Jeff Love.
    Additional personnel: Eliza Hardy (vocals); Janet Krim (oboe); Joshua Marcus (background vocals).
    National Eye's debut album, 2003's The Meter Glows, was a ramshackle but often fascinating affair that touched on Will Oldham-style fractured country, the lo-fi-folkie mopery of the Silver Jews or (Smog) and the tape-loop experimentation of the Olivia Tremor Control. The even better Roomful of Lions is a much more mature and focused affair, with stronger songwriting and a more unique musical point of view. The Philadelphia-based quintet still interrupt their songs with unexpected noise bursts, but with a greater sense of song structure: witness the freaky air-raid-siren guitar that interrupts the hushed opening of "Bird and Sword," introducing the more up-tempo body of the song proper. As before, the democratic, collective feel of the songwriting and singing means that no one member of the group dominates, but throughout, the band is so clearly on the same page musically that there's an aesthetic unity that binds together the echoing, creepy psychedelia of "Invisible Raincoat" and the skewed Pavement-esque indie rock of "The Switch." Roomful of Lions is a deeply satisfying, multi-layered album. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    Magnet (p.108) - "[I]ts attention to detail and imaginative arrangements allow the disparate parts to coalesce into a satisfying whole."
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