Advance Base Battery Life - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
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  • Summary: Owen Ashworth latest album is a collection of singles and compilation tracks released between 2005 and 2008.
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  1. It’s refreshing to hear his music decontextualised--without a wider narrative, or the restraint of having to make an album as a piece, it’s Ashworth’s songwriting that has to hold the collection together.
  2. They provide a helpful and--mostly--enjoyable overview of the scope of Ashworth's work.
  3. The odd bits and bobs typical of the 7-inch and B-side world manage to make Advance Base Battery Life a little more interesting than Owen Ashworth's previous work.
  4. Advance Base Battery Life stands as a mostly enjoyable, if slightly disjointed, recap of Ashworth’s non-album singles.
  5. Having released enough singles and compilation tracks to warrant a collection of them, Owen Ashworth pulls them together on the enjoyable Advance Base Battery Life, pure catnip for committed fans but not without interest to those unfamiliar with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's way around understated, enveloping electronic pop.
  6. Some patience and repeated plays will be needed to digest the concise, offbeat and scratchy melodies from this eccentric, bedroom electronic artist.
  7. So while this collection of singles, B-sides and cover versions might lack the tight focus of previous album Etiquette, there is still flashes of lo-fi pop brillance. [Apr 2009, p.102]

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