...And the Ever Expanding Universe - The Most Serene Republic
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  • Summary: David Newfeld produced the Canadian indie rock band's third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. After an overstuffed, unfocused sophomore LP, Toronto prog-pop act The Most Serene Republic recaptures the promise of its debut on album number three.
  2. Universe is what it is: a fun, catchy, constantly-shifting indie rock album that shows a young band finally discovering their collective voice and having the time of their lives celebrating that revelation.
  3. ...And the Ever Expanding Universe is a small wonder that easily confirms the Most Serene Republic's status as one of the most impressive acts on a Toronto pop scene that is already producing a bounty of exciting music.
  4. Their latest, ...And the Ever Expanding Universe, gets grandiose in nearly all the right places; it's the singing part of the songs that could use a little beefing up.
  5. ...The Ever Expanding Universe provides a nice excuse to put on the headphones and look up at the stars. There's nothing wrong with having one's head in the clouds, but this band could stand to make the occasional contact with earth.
  6. There’s plenty of the intelligent, expansive instrumentation that’s earned TMSR their band-geek badges, but despite a strong finish, Universe lacks a life-changing single.
  7. This game of literal musical chairs completely cripples The Most Serene Republic’s musical aims to the point that the album’s 40-minute runtime feels 20 minutes too long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. RyanN.
    Jul 18, 2009
    10
    Love This Record!
  2. TimmyP
    Jul 25, 2009
    8
    This album showcases everything that is great about The Most Serene Republic- intelligently crafted music, playful moods mixed with buoyant male/female vocals. Excellent and consistently enjoyable from start to finish. Expand