Autumn Was A Lark

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  • Summary: This odds'n'ends disc compiles covers recorded by Mac McCaughan and his touring band in the studio, acoustic tracks recorded from college radio broadcasts, and one new song.
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  1. Buy this with the full confidence that you are getting your money's worth.
  2. Swallowed whole, Autumn Was a Lark can seem sonically disjointed, but it's also an apt representation of Portastatic's ever-roaming muse.
  3. Its function is not that of a follow-up to Summer but rather as a companion piece that documents a productive period for the band. As such, the record is eminently satisfying, with loose playing and a relaxed air.
  4. This spruced-up EP is devoid of the rampant stylistic deviations that have ruled their later work, instead trading upon simple acoustic song structures and soulful vocal leads that recall the strummy days of I Hope Your Heart is not Brittle.
  5. After the title track steals the show, the rest of the record feels flat and lifeless.
  6. Succeeds only as an inessential novelty. [Jan 2004, p.98]