All This Sounds Gas - Preston School Of Industry
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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for founding Pavement guitarist Scott Kannberg (aka "Spiral Stairs"). As Preston School of Industry, Spiral is joined by Andrew Borger on drums and Jon Erickson on bass, with other musicians guesting.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. It's so immediately pleasing that the new moves in Stairs' repertoire take a while to sink in. [#32, p.57]
  2. 80
    An album of joyful, desperate and messy songs, as honest and delicious as any on Pavement's 1992 classic, Slanted And Enchanted. [Sep 2001, p.92]
  3. Not only do Kannberg’s vocals sound more robust than previously, but the whole record has considerably more colour in its cheeks than Malkmus’s own recent solo effort.
  4. A solid collection of simple pop tunes. [#11]
  5. Includes everything from Brighten The Corners-sounding pop blasts to comforting acoustic gems to dark rockers. [Nov 2001, p.91]
  6. 70
    Humorous, pithy and downright ballsy. [Sep 2001, p.106]
  7. Unfortunately, it seems that the only thing he really learned was how to write a Pavement tune, and he's having a little trouble trying to figure out what to do with himself now that Pavement is no more.

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  1. Mr.Natural
    Sep 20, 2001
    10
    I love this album, and I don't feel the need to invoke the ghost of Pavement in order to evaluate it. It's got a pretty loose feel, I love this album, and I don't feel the need to invoke the ghost of Pavement in order to evaluate it. It's got a pretty loose feel, great guitars and goofy vocals. That formula worked pretty well for, say, Camper Van Beethoven... Expand
  2. RobertD.
    Oct 20, 2001
    10
    All This Sounds Gas is amazing, awesome, cool, great. Spiral is a genius.