A Vintage Burden - Charalambides
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  • Summary: The Texas psych-rockers led by husband-and-wife team Tom and Christina Carter return with this six-track follow-up to 2004's 'Joy Shapes.'
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  1. Despite the chill of "Dormant Love," A Vintage Burden might just be the best summer LP you’ll hear this year--perfect timing.
  2. A Vintage Burden’s embrace is still emotional, still heartbreaking, still sad, and at times still chilling, but somehow, it’s less of an exercise to wrap your arms around it.
  3. Let it wash over you, let it slowly but surely catch your attention, and steadily let the music build its case for how engrossing it can be.
  4. It is certainly their most accessible album in quite some time, with the exploratory impulse subsumed into the confines and comfort of song. If anything, this album almost sounds like the weary come-down after the trip’s strange and unsettling peak.
  5. Vintage Burden is among the most beautiful, subtle, and moving records this band has ever made.
  6. Given A Vintage Burden's relatively standard space-blues construction, there's sure to be those Charalambides fans who will miss the levitational scope of the group's more free-form transmissions.
  7. A Vintage Burden is well-executed, spare, and in the simplest terms, makes wonderful Sunday morning background music.

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  1. JeffK
    Jun 3, 2006
    9
    This is a hauntingly beautiful album with modest experimental flourishes. Christina Carter's voice has never sounded so strong and Tom This is a hauntingly beautiful album with modest experimental flourishes. Christina Carter's voice has never sounded so strong and Tom Carter's guitar sound is amazing as ever. This will most certainly be in my year end list of favorite records for 2006. Dazzling treasure is awaiting all who hear this. Expand
  2. TristramC
    Aug 18, 2006
    6
    I dunno, those involved here are competent enough but I kept waiting for this one to get off the ground. You're better of picking up Espers II.