Built On Squares - Starlight Mints
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8.2

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  • Summary: Another somewhat strange indie-pop band from Oklahoma (Flaming Lips, anyone?), the Starlight Mints return with 11 catchy new tunes on this sophomore release.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    Mix[es] xylophones, spaghetti-Western trumpets, and quirky trick guitars to sweeping effect. [Jun 2003, p.109]
  2. Built On Squares is a refreshing slice of musical Valhalla.
  3. Packs more moods and minx-like mischief than many albums twice its length. [Jul 2003, p.114]
  4. Built on Squares is the fun and catchy work of talented pop musicians, writing terribly interesting songs without compromising pop's essential, visceral lure.
  5. In the end, the disc is less odd than it is charming with more than enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
  6. A richer, more layered sounding album than their debut. [#5, p.115]
  7. 60
    The problem is that the half-hour Squares is as unfocused and repetitive as a double album. [#59, p.108]

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. CoreyD
    Jul 17, 2003
    10
    Amazing Band
  2. Jill
    Sep 1, 2004
    10
    Fun as hell.
  3. ZachH
    Jan 13, 2005
    10
    Incredible album. I don't know how it could be rated so low by All Music Guide. I love it.

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