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Entertainment Weekly (3/15/02, p.76) - "...A hook-heavy display of pliable pop-smarts....A must-have for anyone in need of a good sing-along." - Rating: A-Q (12/02, pp.96-7) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A second album that bristles with uncomplicated, heart-warming guitar pop....A virtual masterclass in perfectly formed power pop..."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #55 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.107) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...breezy and rueful power-pop...in the dark he could just about pass as Elliott Smith."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.73) - Ranked #8 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002" - "...Benson is ragged but right. A bedroom masterpiece..."80.49793

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"Patrick Keeler's thundering drumming powers the band through turn-on-a-dime segues, leaving Brendan Benson and Jack White free to daub their histrionic yelps and white-hot solos as they please."Uncut0.8274781

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"Patrick Keeler's thundering drumming powers the band through turn-on-a-dime segues, leaving Brendan Benson and Jack White free to daub their histrionic yelps and white-hot solos as they please."Uncut0.8274781

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Alternative Press (pp.102-103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The LP begins restlessly with the thickly layered tempest 'Tremble And Tear,' a subtle introduction to a collection shivering with clingy, new-wave left turns."CMJ - "Throughout ROMANIAN NAMES one can hear even more clearly the smooth electronic undertones that were hinted at in other albums."Q (Magazine) (p.132) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]nventive, classic tunes layered with keyboards the way the likes of, say, Brendan Benson or M Ward use guitars."Pitchfork (Website) - "[The album] happens to contain some of the best songs of his career....The production is as meticulous as ever, but there's something about these songs that feels more natural, as if they took less effort to write but still came out just as good."0.413739

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Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold's bold, harmony-stacked version of the title track is the stand-out..."Pitchfork (Website) - "BE YOURSELF gives equal weight to both the folk and the pop halves of Nash's folk-pop sound....The Moore Brothers highlight the twisty melodies of 'Man in the Mirror', while Sleepy Sun rough up the horn-driven Chicago'."0.3104294

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Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Trading low-fi ruggedness for gorgeous Americana pop, they conjure Dylan circa JOHN WESLEY HARDING and proggy ELO..."Spin - "Singer Eric Earley's fantastical yarns match the band's grandiose genre muddling..."Alternative Press (p.122) - With a piano that echoes like it's in a cathedral in 'Heaven And Earth,' Earley weds nature with humanity."CMJ - "Like that of many of the great blues-rock classics, such as Van Morrison, Muddy Waters or the Stones, Blitzen Trapper's structure is solid and very traditional."Billboard (p.32) - "Beatles-esque piano and string arrangements dominate the melancholy 'Heaven and Earth.' But it's the title track that best showcases Blitzen Trapper's ability to quickly shift musical gears."Paste (magazine) - "[W]ith pristine harmonies set to late-60's psychedelic scuzz. The result is another opus-de-Americana washed in experimental folk-rock..."Pitchfork (Website) - "[F]ull of haunting songs doused in harmonicas, saloon pianos and dusty guitars."Clash (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #42 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2010" -- "[I]mmensely well-crafted Americana with a strong Beatles fetish at its core."Uncut (magazine) (p.113) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he 12 artfully crafted songs here suggest Blitzen Trapper should now be judged in the elevated company of Wilco, Brendan Benson and The Raconteurs."0.2955279

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Rolling Stone (p.226) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "If you have a favorite Foghat album or if you can name a single member of Deep Purple, you will love BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS....Expectations were sky high, but the Raconteurs exceed them all."Rolling Stone (p.106) - Ranked #28 in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "The Raconteurs are a side project that rocks like a main dish."Spin (p.59) - Ranked #19 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "[T]he boys have done Jack White a world of good. Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes are just the kind of journeymen a retro visionary needs..."Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[I]t's clear that the Raconteurs are bound by a love of gut-crunching classic-rock riffs....White and Benson trade vocals on most tracks, and obviously enjoy spurring each other on to see who can get the loosest..." -- Grade: B-Q (p.108) - 4 stars out of 5 -- [With] instantly memorable melodies and crunchy riffs....Music that's as elegant as it is raucous. Keeler and Lawrence, a soulful and punchy rhythm section, are the key here."Q (p.124) - Ranked #13 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Nothing could dent Jack White's second band."Alternative Press (p.202) - "They deliver the straight-ahead rocking tunes...with a one-two punch of scrappy enthusiasm and unmatched musical proficiency."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.49) - "[A] diverse set of tightly-constructed power-pop and, given White's presence, a wild and fevered spirit abounds..."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.67) - Ranked #11 in Kerrang's "20 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "Lean, versatile and obscenely entertaining..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is truly a band recording, which perfectly blends Jack's rawness with Brendan's sweetness, all of it toughened up by the aggressive underpinning of the Greenhorne duo."0.2364223

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