12 Desperate Straight Lines

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  • Summary: The second full-length release was produced by Chris Walla.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Feb 17, 2011
    83
    While the hooks on 12 Desperate Straight Lines sink in easily, they're far from painless.
  2. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    The second Telekinesis album suggests that Michael Lerner's gift for hooky, college-radio friendly indie-pop shows no signs of abating.
  3. Alternative Press
    Feb 23, 2011
    80
    For fans of hook-laden music, the album's a must. [Mar 2011, p.99]
  4. Feb 17, 2011
    70
    For 12 Desperate Straight Lines, the songs are still there, only this time some of the looseness of the self-produced sessions comes into play and the end result ends up being a marked improvement.
  5. Mar 9, 2011
    70
    The charm of these songs won't last forever. They'll have their season in your heart or car stereo, their refrains will seep gently into your vocabulary, and at some point you'll stop needing them, but it's welcome company while it lasts.
  6. Mar 16, 2011
    60
    12 Desperate Lines takes tried-and-true radio rock tropes and imbues them with enough life to make them feel fresh.
  7. Feb 17, 2011
    50
    Desperate sounds like a series of well-executed demos, waiting to be taken up by a crack band and a singer who can make them breathe.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    8
    The power pop sound of 12 Desperate Straight Lines does resemble Telekinesisâ