Bright Ideas - Portastatic
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  • Summary: The sixth album for Mac McCaughan's other band (i.e., the one that isn't Superchunk) finds him joined by bassist Jim Wilbur and drummer/brother Matthew McCaughan. Tim Mooney produced.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
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  1. Both exhilaratingly rocking and gorgeously pensive. [Nov 2005, p.210]
  2. The best record of his career, a collision of the idiosyncratic charms of Portastatic with the exuberant rock power of Superchunk.
  3. More than the sound, the words of Bright Ideas are especially important; they are not particularly eloquent, but they are representative something larger: each clumsy, unsure expression desperately needs to be said.
  4. The songs are reliably mid-tempo and catchy, although they certainly lack the heedless rush that made the first Superchunk albums such models of indie rock.
  5. As good as Bright Ideas is, though, I still can't recommend it over say, the last Superchunk record.
  6. At ten tracks, Bright Ideas doesn’t have a lot of fat, but it ultimately feels like it could have been more successful on the EP format McCaughan is so fond of.

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