Black Pompadour - The Zincs
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  • Summary: John McEntire produced this third album for the Chicago indie rockers led by Jim Elkington.
Score distribution:
  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. This is a band that has a sterile aesthetic but is somehow able to create plenty of emotion and energy.
  4. This is a sleepier record than 2005's Dimmer, but it rewards the careful listener with enough waking dreams to fuel a hundred overcast Sunday mornings.
  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. Black Pompadour is not a bad album, it’s just flat; it’s delivered with little to no passion, meaning that listening to it in its entirety will be a test of patience for some.

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