on 16 February 2002
I like this CD loads. Just having it in my collection makes me feel all warm and tingly inside.
This is the first release of J Robbin's second band, after the sad demise of alternative monsters, Jawbox. It's an extention not only of the Jawbox-type sound, but also of Robbin's brilliant song writing capabilities. From the big rumble which is the beginning of Carnival, to the sing-a-long pop joy of Wheaton Calling, this is an album to live for.
Oh yeah, as well as the nice tangerine cover, they've also cut out a little bit which looks a bit like an aeroplane. How cool is that?
on 6 January 2002
Although these musicians have been around for a while, they sound incredibly fresh and vital here. They manage to soothe and pummel in equal measure: the guitars are chunky but never ugly; poppy hooks abound. Despite the experimentation on display, most of the tunes can be memorized on first or second hearing. If you enjoyed the Pixies (whose quiet-quiet-loud structure crops up a lot here, particularly on "Scissoring") or if the idea of a poppier Fugazi appeals, you may like this.