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  • Summary: The properly-hatted New York City four-piece make their debut with this ambitious CD.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The Citizens have blended a poignant and fascinating, personal self-image of professional musicianship that elevates the band to unanticipated captivation.
  2. If The Citizens' intended destination is a place of their own craft that lies beyond the boring boundaries of traditional pop, they can stop driving.
  3. The unpredictable song structures are fresh and innovative, too, twisting off in unexpected directions mere seconds before you can remember what they remind you of.
  4. Well-paced and cleverly sequenced, it is, in many ways, a throwback to the great records of the 1970s, and fresh enough not to sound like one.
  5. The Citizens have a clear knack for arranging and a commendable ability to tackle a series of genres and combine them into an enjoyable full-length. The only real problem here being that the actual songs aren't nearly as good as their talent might hint at.
  6. Despite its strong focus and development, the album still has its weak moments.
  7. This stylistic-tryout grab-bag exposes a quartet that has yet to find a voice solely its own.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Brian
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    Finally, the Citizens are getting the recognition they deserve. "Are We There Yet?" is the most eclectic and ambitious CD I've heard Finally, the Citizens are getting the recognition they deserve. "Are We There Yet?" is the most eclectic and ambitious CD I've heard this year. The range is incredible - everything from ironic, Brit-style psych-pop to ecstasy-infused ballads to mad, driving rock n roll. Hooray for The Citizens. Expand
  2. Camille
    Oct 14, 2004
    10
    Great from start to finish. Kong, Are We There Yet?, Blusher & Clementine are my favorites. The vocals, lyrics and musical complexity are Great from start to finish. Kong, Are We There Yet?, Blusher & Clementine are my favorites. The vocals, lyrics and musical complexity are truly amazing. Expand
  3. MikeL
    Sep 22, 2004
    10
    Loved it. Had no idea what to expect. Bought the album after happening on the website by chance. Loved the first song I heard and expected Loved it. Had no idea what to expect. Bought the album after happening on the website by chance. Loved the first song I heard and expected the whole album to sound similar. Low and behold how experimental (in a good way) it was. And "Deck Full of Jokers" has got me reading philosophy again. Expand
  4. AmileS
    Oct 2, 2004
    10
    I love the whole thing, but my favorite is King Cong!
  5. JoniL
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    Even us old farts over 50 can enjoy the divesified range songs. This Album really grows on you. The more you play it and listen to it, the Even us old farts over 50 can enjoy the divesified range songs. This Album really grows on you. The more you play it and listen to it, the more it becomes a part of you. Expand
  6. SocorroL
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    This really grew on me. The record draws from a very diverse range of influences (new wave, show tunes, brit-pop and even garage rock) in an This really grew on me. The record draws from a very diverse range of influences (new wave, show tunes, brit-pop and even garage rock) in an extremely skillful way. -Rewards the attentive listener Expand
  7. nikoe
    Oct 10, 2004
    0
    horrible piece of drivel

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