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  • Summary: John McEntire produced this third album for the Chicago indie rockers led by Jim Elkington.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. At their best—pretty much all of Black Pompadour qualifies—The Zincs sound like an accomplished friend, sharing skill and knowledge without being pretentious about it.
  2. A richly executed and textural record—one of the best guitar-based albums of 2007 thus far.
  3. As always, the playing is impeccable, although the cool professionalism evident on each song makes many of the album's tracks indistinguishable.
  4. This is a band that has a sterile aesthetic but is somehow able to create plenty of emotion and energy.
  5. There’s more under the pleasant surfaces of these songs than first meets the ears, more subtly inventive textures than blatant quirks: evidence that the Zincs are indeed on the move.
  6. The brooding mid-mid-tempo pacing and smoky classic-rock guitar grandeur set a table for some serious moping.
  7. Despite the occasional clever line or particularly striking melody, the album is largely unremarkable. [#17, p.96]

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