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Rolling Stone (p.173) - 4 stars out of 5 - "FUNERAL aches with elegiac intensity....FUNERAL captures the agony and even ecstasy of surviving death all around you."Rolling Stone (p.141) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "[W]ith lavishly orchestrated, emotionally stunning tales..."Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "FUNERAL is a lovely, uplifting, and often pleasingly grandiose whirl through a panoply of sounds..." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Their songs strike out at unexpected angles, bringing to mind a morbidly romantic 19th-century Radiohead."Magnet (p.100) - "[A] compelling debut....FUNERAL deals with grief by obsessing over new relations and future births, decorating each lost leaf in brilliant fall colors."CMJ (p.38) - "Putting the 'fun' back in FUNERAL, the debut disc from Montreal indie-pop sextet Arcade Fire exhumes instrumentation extinct since third-grade music class and sets them ablaze in anything but a macabre fashion."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2005" - "[T]he Montreal orch-rock sextet's debut was fervent and uplifting."Mojo (Publisher) (p.59) - Ranked #60 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Joyful, original and sweet."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Echoes of Wire at their mid-'80s jackhammer funk zenith abound on 'Rebellion', while yearning cellos frame a breathtaking turn from Chassagne on 'In the Backseat'."Clash (magazine) (p.78) - "Few albums of similar emotional intensity have had the same staying power as FUNERAL..."106.4718

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Uncut (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "It's a fascinating work...introducing their unique amalgam of epic rock, Salinger-like flight from adulthood and....meandering country-soul..."85.00488

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Uncut (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[H]ere's the real crunch: exclusive tracks from Interpol and the astounding, effortlessly melancholic Arcade Fire."0.8846558

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Q (Magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opener 'Polarise' unfolds gently, gradually picking up momentum, tantalisingly hinting at Arcade Fire-style euphoria..."0.6903693

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Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A fine moment is the sprightly 'Cuando El Dia Acaba,' which sounds like Arcade Fire being gleefully recreated by a Norteno outfit."0.6040732

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 841, p.91) - "...[W]ondrously echoes the somber strains of Yo La Tengo and the more timid tendencies of the Arcade Fire." - Grade: A-Magnet (p.108) - "[E]ven in its somber moments, BIRDS is all catchy, all the time."0.517777

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Q (Magazine) (p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Echoing Mazzy Star's woozy psychedelia, Arcade Fire's expansiveness, yet possessed with a humane majesty of their own..."Pitchfork (Website) - "The granular spaciousness of the production, when paired with intentionally sloppy drums and chiming guitars, imparts an atmospheric, almost gothic feel."0.517777

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CMJ - "FIRST DAYS achieves an impressive level of sincerity and vulnerability while avoiding the incontrovertible pitfalls of self-pity."Uncut (magazine) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'I Have Nothing' and 'Stranger' mine a strain of epic, earthy melancholy somewhere between James Yorkston and Arcade Fire."0.517777

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CMJ - "FIRST DAYS achieves an impressive level of sincerity and vulnerability while avoiding the incontrovertible pitfalls of self-pity."Uncut (magazine) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'I Have Nothing' and 'Stranger' mine a strain of epic, earthy melancholy somewhere between James Yorkston and Arcade Fire."0.517777

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Spin (p.78) - "[T]his Denver foursome swap their core Gypsy/Slavic/Greek influences for Arcade Fire's brimstone bombast."Uncut (magazine) (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Flamboyant settings and glorious adventuring abound, from opera-inflected Kraut to violin-strafed Raga....A joyfully inspired album..."0.517777

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Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Arcade Fire fill the darkness with spectral portent on 'Abraham's Daughter,' and the Decembrists provide a jolt of electricity with 'One Engine,' which sounds like R.E.M. in Sixties garage mode."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Haunted by gorgeously sad Southern-belle harmonies from Miranda Lambert and her fellow shotgun-toting Pistol Annies....Best of all is Kid Cudi's gothic rap-rock epic 'The Ruler and the Killer'..." -- Grade: B0.5117159

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 821/822, p.136) - "[S]inger Adam Olenius brings a scratchy fragility to these 11 urgently peppy toe-tappers....the merry melodies are as warm as the guitars are fuzzy..." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Inspired by Polish movie posters, macabre fairy tales and, by the sounds of it, an arsenal of Arcade Fire bootlegs....[They] have much going for them.0.4314808

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Entertainment Weekly (No. 821/822, p.136) - "[S]inger Adam Olenius brings a scratchy fragility to these 11 urgently peppy toe-tappers....the merry melodies are as warm as the guitars are fuzzy..." - Grade: B+Uncut (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Inspired by Polish movie posters, macabre fairy tales and, by the sounds of it, an arsenal of Arcade Fire bootlegs....[They] have much going for them.0.4314808

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Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] charming indie-pop ode to the rootlessness of the permanently hot-tubbed..."CMJ - "It feels like timeless folk-rock, with overtones of ambitious, modern indie and '50s-high-school-dance-pop. It's multiple nationalities and origins blended effortlessly in three-part harmonies and glossy musical ability."Q (Magazine) (p.122) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n accomplished collection that variously references the Afropop stylings of Vampire Weekend, the off-kilter psychedelia of The Sleepy Jackson and the epic sweep of Arcade Fire."0.3451847

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]unked-out folk pop that's haunted yet playful....'Building All Is Love' is a hopeful Arcade Fire-like anthem."Spin (p.82) - "[T]he rumbling acoustic guitars and schoolyard choruses are both joyful and foreboding..."Entertainment Weekly (p.60) - "Assorted hums, hoots, and hollers unfold over imprecise folk-psych instrumentation....As memorable as anything Karen O's primary band has done lately." -- Grade: B+0.3451847

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Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith excellent covers of Gabriel classics. Arcade Fire warp 'Games Without Frontiers' with Reflektor-style dub..."Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Regina Spektor's 'Blood Of Eden' and Elbow's 'Mercy Street' are worth the price of admission..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Randy Newman declutters the SO groover 'Big Time' to reveal the Randy-like groaner within -- a rare find in a songbook more noted for cryptic allusion than transparency of meaning"0.3451847

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Rolling Stone (p.81) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he folk rock folds U2's wide-open red skies into something you can fit in your shirt pocket, leavening fragile songs with gentle orchestrations."Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n album full of textures, story telling and role-playing....It's a rich experience..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.52) - Ranked #34 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[A] shapely, beguiling and gorgeous solo debut..."Paste (magazine) - "[A]s it sinks in, O'Brien's vivid imagery drips into your mind and produces a strong, lingering sensation..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]here are glimmers of 'I'm Wide Awake It's Morning, or even that fleeting moment on FUNERAL when the Arcade Fire break out into a Motown bounce."0.3020366

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Spin (p.92) - "['Baby Missiles'] overlays a synth aura, like '80s-era Springsteen with a splash of Arcade Fire. It's vexing in exactly the right way."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There are some '80s overtones and splashes of melody buoyed on longing, but it's not mere melancholia, this echoes with vibrant life, helping make it a work of real wonder."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ich with things money alone can't buy -- wit, imagination, ambition, excitement....It's a thrill."Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #10 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "Granduciel's songs had a guyish, Springsteen-like intimacy, but came judiciously wrapped in gauzy, stadium-sized spacerock."0.3020366

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Uncut (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's more than a touch of Mark E Smith about Friedman's experiments, and we can't offer much higher praise than that."CMJ (p.40) - "The lyrics are almost incidental -- it's an album that's more instrumental than sentimental -- and work perfectly within the confines of this impressive effort."Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Forts combines Arcade Fire, tribal drums and art-rock; at its best this means 'Remember The Orphans' sharp post-punk and the sweet 'One Year On'..."Clash (magazine) (p.112) - "From quiet acoustic ballads to burundi drumming chant-a-long and punk funk hi-hat sizzle, it's a career's worth of ideas in one album."0.3020366

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Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cooking down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old brand proud."Spin (p.73) - "'What a Life' gallops with a grandiosity that recalls Arcade Fire, and 'Stop the Clocks' is full-on orchestral-rock orgy."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Oasis' better half delivers a bracingly kinetic solo salvo." -- Grade: B+Magnet (p.56) - "On his solo debut, Noel shows off his acclaimed songwriting skills on the Kinks-like dancehall swing/'60s spy theme of 'Soldier Boys'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here, for the first time in years, the primetime Gallagher swagger is back, in a more mature form. The sheer audacity of 'The Death Of You And Me''s sudden chicane into ragtime jazz is a joy to behold."0.2588885

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Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cooking down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old brand proud."Spin (p.73) - "'What a Life' gallops with a grandiosity that recalls Arcade Fire, and 'Stop the Clocks' is full-on orchestral-rock orgy."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Oasis' better half delivers a bracingly kinetic solo salvo." -- Grade: B+Magnet (p.56) - "On his solo debut, Noel shows off his acclaimed songwriting skills on the Kinks-like dancehall swing/'60s spy theme of 'Soldier Boys'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here, for the first time in years, the primetime Gallagher swagger is back, in a more mature form. The sheer audacity of 'The Death Of You And Me''s sudden chicane into ragtime jazz is a joy to behold."0.2588885

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Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cooking down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old brand proud."Spin (p.73) - "'What a Life' gallops with a grandiosity that recalls Arcade Fire, and 'Stop the Clocks' is full-on orchestral-rock orgy."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Oasis' better half delivers a bracingly kinetic solo salvo." -- Grade: B+Magnet (p.56) - "On his solo debut, Noel shows off his acclaimed songwriting skills on the Kinks-like dancehall swing/'60s spy theme of 'Soldier Boys'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here, for the first time in years, the primetime Gallagher swagger is back, in a more mature form. The sheer audacity of 'The Death Of You And Me''s sudden chicane into ragtime jazz is a joy to behold."0.2588885

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Rolling Stone (p.85) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Cooking down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old brand proud."Spin (p.73) - "'What a Life' gallops with a grandiosity that recalls Arcade Fire, and 'Stop the Clocks' is full-on orchestral-rock orgy."Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "Oasis' better half delivers a bracingly kinetic solo salvo." -- Grade: B+Magnet (p.56) - "On his solo debut, Noel shows off his acclaimed songwriting skills on the Kinks-like dancehall swing/'60s spy theme of 'Soldier Boys'..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here, for the first time in years, the primetime Gallagher swagger is back, in a more mature form. The sheer audacity of 'The Death Of You And Me''s sudden chicane into ragtime jazz is a joy to behold."0.2588885

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards..."Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, THE SUBURBS extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys."Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The band certainly aims for transcendence on THE SUBURBS -- a work of impressively fervent majesty..."Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Drawing on everything from '70s radio rock to angular indie rock from the '90s, Arcade Fire have built one of the most interesting-sounding records you're likely to hear all year..."CMJ - "Filled with big-money percussion blasts, waves of strings and This-Is-Important surges of energy, 'Rococo' and 'Month Of May' will, no doubt, sound amazing echoing off arena rafters."Billboard (p.28) - "At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed with addictive confections....THE SUBURBS also heralds unexpected vistas, not least of which is a sense of humour."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[T]hey raze the peaks and troughs of that bombastic chamber rock and add fuzz-punk and soaring synthpop to an expanding, yet more refined, pallette."Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date....A vein of emptiness and Beckett-esque waiting courses throughout..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spritely opening title track is terrific, as is the sad, anthemic beauty of 'Ready To Start'....There are some magical moments here..."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SUBURBS is a surprising record, swapping the spit and fire of FUNERAL for a sense of mature playfulness....There is pain and pleasure, loss and hope."Uncut (magazine) (p.37) - Ranked #4 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] sounded like a band recapturing their wistfulness and, even, their humanity."0.2440824

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Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey instinctively scale their most intimate confessions to arena-rock levels, rolling out big drums and glossy keyboards..."Spin - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Radiant with apocalyptic tension and grasping to sustain real bonds, THE SUBURBS extends hungrily outward, recalling the dystopic miasma of William Gibson's sci-fi novels and Sonic Youth's guitar odysseys."Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "The band certainly aims for transcendence on THE SUBURBS -- a work of impressively fervent majesty..."Alternative Press - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Drawing on everything from '70s radio rock to angular indie rock from the '90s, Arcade Fire have built one of the most interesting-sounding records you're likely to hear all year..."CMJ - "Filled with big-money percussion blasts, waves of strings and This-Is-Important surges of energy, 'Rococo' and 'Month Of May' will, no doubt, sound amazing echoing off arena rafters."Billboard (p.28) - "At 16 tracks, this dense, complicated set covers considerably more stylistic territory than either of the band's previous albums..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Crammed with addictive confections....THE SUBURBS also heralds unexpected vistas, not least of which is a sense of humour."Mojo (Publisher) (p.58) - Ranked #2 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[T]hey raze the peaks and troughs of that bombastic chamber rock and add fuzz-punk and soaring synthpop to an expanding, yet more refined, pallette."Paste (magazine) - "[I]t's Arcade Fire's most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date....A vein of emptiness and Beckett-esque waiting courses throughout..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The spritely opening title track is terrific, as is the sad, anthemic beauty of 'Ready To Start'....There are some magical moments here..."Uncut (magazine) (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE SUBURBS is a surprising record, swapping the spit and fire of FUNERAL for a sense of mature playfulness....There is pain and pleasure, loss and hope."Uncut (magazine) (p.37) - Ranked #4 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[The album] sounded like a band recapturing their wistfulness and, even, their humanity."0.2440824

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Spin (p.92) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "From the dirty punk of 'A Trip Out' to the glimmering hope of 'Waving Flags,' the band's third album even recalls Arcade Fire's epic drama."Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "[S]tandouts like 'No Lucifer' and 'Waving Flags' touch real greatness." -- Grade: B+Uncut (p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he expansive lyrical concerns of the Wilkinson brothers are a source of fascination....Exhilarating in its ambition..."Alternative Press (p.144) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] vivid, nostalgic traipse into what good rock bands ought to sound like."CMJ - "There's a giddy moroseness throughout the record, one embodied by fluid solos that imbue pounding feedback and rollicking rhythms with a lubricated openness."Q (Magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n album that balances intellectual importance with the simple pleasures of great melodies played on meaty guitars."Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he choral surge of 'All In It' or the Atlas-sized chants of 'No Lucifer' strain against the confines of indie airspace....British Sea Power are thriving out on the limits."Mojo (Publisher) (p.72) - Ranked #14 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[The album] mixed rowdy noise, heartfelt tunes and church organs..."Blender (Magazine) (p.77) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ecorded partly in a derelict water tower and steeped in the political-apocalyptic side of new wave that produced Joy Division."Harp (magazine) (p.103) - "[T]hey may be at their most inspired here on tracks that let it swell, not rip, from the majestic chamber pop and melancholy swoon of 'Waving Flags' and 'Canvey Island' to the slow-burning beauty of 'No Need To Cry.'"Clash (magazine) (p.111) - "[T]he band is firing on full cylinders and full of the usual mischief."Clash (magazine) (p.63) - Ranked #31 in Clash's "The 40 Best Albums of 2008" -- "[A]n honest, downright beautiful breath of fresh air."The Word (magazine) (p.99) - "The album's masterpiece is 'Canvey Island'....A magisterial melodic swell and Yan's croon make it a thing of heart-rending loveliness..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "ROCK MUSIC? still captures that intangible essence of something lost and, as such, remains wholly affecting."0.1725923

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Rolling Stone (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The latest dispatch from Planet Conor weaves the weird knowledge he's accrued over the years into a rich, sprawling, fragmented record....He manages to be everything at once: folkie and punk, old soul and eternal boy, high-plains drifter and hipster heartthrob."Spin (p.76) - "THE PEOPLE'S KEY proves Oberst has learned to balance a cutting perspective with a bleeding heart."Alternative Press (p.98) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "From the blast-beat breaks during 'Jejune Stars' to the laid-back Grandaddy vibe of 'Triple Spiral' and the philosophical piano ballad 'Ladder Song,' THE PEOPLE'S KEY adds some new elements..."CMJ - "The brilliance of the album is taking individual phrases and matching them with perfect tonal or dynamic shifts. The alternately piano and guitar-driven songs are masterfully crafted..."Billboard (p.40) - "[F]or all their diversity and maturity, these songs couldn't have been written by anyone else, and this welcome return shows that the three years since the last Bright Eyes album have been well spent."Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere, his rock and electric/synthetic tendencies are to the fore, the conceptual challenges coming thick and fast.'Paste (magazine) - "THE PEOPLE'S KEY is a return to immediacy....The instrumentation is raw and electric -- guitars and synths battling it out over Walcott's always inventive drumming."Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is an album of economy, and is deftly played....A definite, confident progression for Bright Eyes."Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mike Mogis produces, but rather than pedal steels and acoustic guitars, here reference points are as far-flung as New Order, Arcade Fire and The Cure. The stylistic shifting seems to come easily to Oberst..."0.1725923

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Rolling Stone (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The latest dispatch from Planet Conor weaves the weird knowledge he's accrued over the years into a rich, sprawling, fragmented record....He manages to be everything at once: folkie and punk, old soul and eternal boy, high-plains drifter and hipster heartthrob."Spin (p.76) - "THE PEOPLE'S KEY proves Oberst has learned to balance a cutting perspective with a bleeding heart."Alternative Press (p.98) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "From the blast-beat breaks during 'Jejune Stars' to the laid-back Grandaddy vibe of 'Triple Spiral' and the philosophical piano ballad 'Ladder Song,' THE PEOPLE'S KEY adds some new elements..."Magnet (p.42) - Ranked #7 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "'Approximate Sunlight' haunts and skulks among his very best."CMJ - "The brilliance of the album is taking individual phrases and matching them with perfect tonal or dynamic shifts. The alternately piano and guitar-driven songs are masterfully crafted..."Billboard (p.40) - "[F]or all their diversity and maturity, these songs couldn't have been written by anyone else, and this welcome return shows that the three years since the last Bright Eyes album have been well spent."Q (Magazine) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ere, his rock and electric/synthetic tendencies are to the fore, the conceptual challenges coming thick and fast.'Paste (magazine) - "THE PEOPLE'S KEY is a return to immediacy....The instrumentation is raw and electric -- guitars and synths battling it out over Walcott's always inventive drumming."Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is an album of economy, and is deftly played....A definite, confident progression for Bright Eyes."Uncut (magazine) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Mike Mogis produces, but rather than pedal steels and acoustic guitars, here reference points are as far-flung as New Order, Arcade Fire and The Cure. The stylistic shifting seems to come easily to Oberst..."0.1725923

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Rolling Stone (4/13/00, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...a gorgeous work....running the gamut of Giant Sand's signature styles, from murmured poetry to sinuous countrified pop...to sprawling drunken blues....enchanting..."Spin (6/00, p.152) - 8 out of 10 - "...Dreamy...as startling for its technical gloss as its emotional wallop....easily the band's most finished work....steeped in [frontman, Howe Gelb's] distinct roots messthetic, just recorded better..."Q (5/00, p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Parched, desolate country-noir of the leanest, meanest kind....subdued, atmospheric [and] suprisingly orderly....Giant Sand's most persuasive album to date..."Magnet (1-2/01, p.45) - Included in Magnet's "20 Best Albums of 2000" - "...Easily Giant Sand's finest hour..."CMJ (3/6/00, p.3) - "...the band's ragged glory has now been replaced with songcraft and subtlety....Well-heeled and well-behaved, Giant Sand indeed puts its best foot forward..."No Depression (5-6/00, pp.113-4) - "...No other Sand project illustrates...Gelb's creative ambience integrated within a subtly linear structure...so well as CHORE....[It] finds a homey balance between the random and ephemeral, the rational and immutable."Mojo (Publisher) (5/00, p.92) - "...A suitably sombre undertow, with [Howe] Gelb's world-weary vocals becoming positively sepulchral on the likes of 'Wolfy' and 'Dusted'...[though] there are plenty of uplifting moments to be found..."NME (Magazine) (3/18/00, p.34) - 8 out of 10 - "...raids America's cultural aquarium to create a bold, often disorienting world....full of loss and wondering, tremulous sensitivity and gentle explosions of color....There's never been a better time to get your head stuck in the Sand."Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's an inherent sense of tragedy that runs through the veins of these songs."8.00994

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Musician (3/91) - "..Volume Three further pursues motivic chiaroscuro, contrasting the pastoral with the urban.."0.06206869

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