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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 2 Aug 2012
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This review is from: The Sebadoh (Audio CD)
This 1999 effort was Sebadoh's last recorded album, on which new drummer Russ Pollard replaced Bob Fay, joining long term band members Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein. Whilst the album has been criticised by some as being still further from the band's original more minimalist sound, as well as being compared unfavourably with the 1994 album Bakesale, for me, it stands up remarkably well, not consistently high quality but, at its best, presenting a brilliantly diverse mix of songs.

For me, of the band's two prolific songwriters, the awards on this album certainly go to Lou Barlow. As is his wont, he has penned some sublime ballads on which his vocals have never been more heartfelt, as well as the odd up-tempo gem (a good example being Weird, with its great lyrics, 'Paranoia's contagious, I'm coming down with it too'). I'm clearly a bit of a sucker for the lovey-dovey Love Is Stronger, but, for me, this is a masterpiece to rank with the best of Neil Young, Dylan, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas (frankly anyone who has penned a sublime melody). Similarly, both of Sorry and Thrive have superb hooks and melodies, whilst the pulsating beat and wall of sound behind Flame again showcase Barlow's ability to pen an up-tempo killer song. Whilst, for me, Jason Loewenstein's songs are generally not of this quality there are exceptions in album opener It's All You (which sounds to me a bit like a song from an early Gang Of Four album) and album closer Drag Down which has a quirky guitar riff and a nicely anarchic feel to it.

Certainly not a classic, but, with its handful of brilliant songs, definitely worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how a band should be., 5 Oct 1999
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This is a perfect example of how a band should be; they allowany body in the band to write, play and sing anything that works for them. I bet that they haven't had an argument in this band since day one. Hence the departure of Lou Barlow from Dinosaur JR. With this in mind you are always going to get something different from them. With all these contributions to the band what do they have for us this time around? The best songs on this album are It's All You and Flame, this is what American indie rock is all about these songs are on fire and keep on burning. This album is full of surprises of which I would not like to spoil believe me it's worth buying.
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