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5.0 out of 5 stars
believe the hype, 17 Sep 2003
Having followed this band since their first, 4-track-recorded album "Mirror", I have to say I've thoroughly enjoyed their slow and steady evolution and rise through the underground. While their live shows have always been fantastic, their small amount of recorded output (one full length, one EP, and a handful of singles) up until now has only hinted at the breadth, variety, and brilliance of their music. "echoes" is the masterpiece they've had in them all along. Yeah, they're hyped, yeah, they're courted by the press and the fashion mags and whatnot, but these guys are no trendy neophytes. They pretty much started the disco-punk trend anyway, and while their sound owes a lot to the past, (whose doesn't?) they, along with the DFA, have fashioned a slick but stripped-down sound that sounds both utterly current and instantly classic. They aren't afraid to try new things and venture into new territory, and to test the limits of their audience. (chicago house for the indie crowd?) oh, yeah, and they're actually good songwriters! a truly great album by a truly great band.