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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. Like early Pavement tracks, PSOI's songs find pop hooks almost in spite of themselves.
  3. 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]
  4. Includes everything from Brighten The Corners-sounding pop blasts to comforting acoustic gems to dark rockers. [Nov 2001, p.91]
  5. Kannberg has made an album of fine indie pop that few could have expected.
  6. His solo debut is frequently as imperfectly perfect as Pavement approaching their best...
  7. Most of the tracks here could be Pavement, so those looking for a diversion will be disappointed. Those looking for another Pavement record for their collection will be less so, but ultimately this sounds like a hurried release and more of an extension of the past than an indication of the future.

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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.