30 Year Low - The Mendoza Line
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  • Summary: This is the final album with both Tim Bracy and Shannon McArdle in the group, in light of their divorce.
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  1. The disc succeeds by merging a unity of sounds with a complex variety of emotions.
  2. The Mendoza Line have created an album that has had many talking, received the most recognition of their career, and will spawn repeat play on the CD players of many.
  3. They've said their piece and torn each other into pieces–we're left to rubberneck at the crack-up.
  4. Like the best divorce albums, it offers sadness, pathos, and the electric thrill of great music forged in the crucible of pain.
  5. 70
    For a band named after a benchmark of mediocrity, it's fitting that they bow out consumed by matters so ordinary. [Sep 2007, p.134]
  6. Their caustic, candid wit--especially in the face of such misery--keeps 30 Year Low from sounding too self-indulgent or self-pitying.
  7. In the end, 30 Year Low might not match up to its predecessor, but it is surely a compelling album by a band both at its creative peak and its unfortunate end.

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