Big Echo - The Morning Benders
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  • Summary: The indie rock trio from Berkeley, California, releases its first album on Rough Trade, which was produced by band member Chris Chu and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
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  1. It's not extraordinarily original, but they do a masterful job at piecing together classic pop elements in an incredibly thoughtful and enjoyable way, crafting an album that's sure to please indie snobs, pop purists and, well, anyone else who might be listening.
  2. Giving too much credit to Taylor's influence and direction, however, undermines the Morning Benders' stylistic transition, one any band would envy and many listeners will love.
  3. Big Echo won't change the direction of modern music but it's such an easy, pleasurable listen that it can't fail to enrich whatever environment it's played in. Unreservedly recommended.
  4. The main thing preventing Big Echo from being a very good (or even a great) album is that the bulk of it is clearly and undeniably influenced by the quieter moments from Grizzly Bear’s oeuvre.
  5. Big Echo is an immediate, inviting listen. It’s not breaking any boundaries of inspired expression, but for what it is it’s a fine set indeed.
  6. 60
    It's manically busy, demanding you strain to find the tune beneath layers of mellotrons, flutes and timpani. [Jul 2010, p.115]
  7. These songs are ultimately undone by their ambition in an attempt to turn what could be pleasantly ephemeral fare into moment-defining anthems.

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  1. Oct 28, 2010
    Big Echo, the second album from the Berkley based band, is not breaking new ground but still draws you in with it's depth and layers. ColdBig Echo, the second album from the Berkley based band, is not breaking new ground but still draws you in with it's depth and layers. Cold War is the one non-homogeneous song on this album, but it provides a welcomed uplifting moment. The album provides a sense of painfully overwhelming peace and intricacy, but comes off simple and respectful. I would recommend Big Echo to friends and listeners of Grizzly Bear, Twin Shadow, etc... This album gets a 6.5/10 from me.

    Band Formula : Sea Snakes + Grizzly Bear = The Morning Benders

    Song Redemption : Excuses, Cold War, Hand Me Downs