Calamity - The Curtains
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  • Summary: 'Calamity' is the first full length for Chris Cohen's new full-time project since leaving experimental rockers Deerhoof.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Calamity shows Cohen struggling to balance his twee pop tendencies with experimentation, the same thing Deerhoof mastered on The Runners Four.
  2. Calamity shows the Curtains to be a band of great moments more than great songs, and in this distinction lies the difference between the listener that dismisses the album and the one that holds on to it despite its flaws.
  3. Upon first listen, some of Calamity, though fun, sounds like partial ideas rather than full-fledged songs. Some tracks never recover from this symptom after a dozen spins; some do.
  4. The problems start with the production, which feels empty and stolid, the guitar plunking around like it has nowhere important to go and the drums tap-tap-tapping out mundane, aimless little shuffle rhythms.
  5. 60
    Full of fleeting revelations, Calamity is as bewitchingly fractured as The Red Krayola's subversive attacks on pop/rock form. [Dec 2006, p.106]
  6. Calamity is a good record, but is merely adequate beside Cohen’s extensive catalog with [Deerhoof].
  7. Comparing his remarkable contributions to Deerhoof with this boring, nondescript effort suggests that Cohen should open his studio doors and welcome collaborators.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. LeoF
    Jan 20, 2007
    one of the best of 2006, full of wonderful moods and unexpected turns on the songs.
  2. T.Speaker
    Jan 13, 2007
    Cohen's album isn't perfect, and much of it feels empty, but the songwriting is much more beautiful and complex than most modern indie artists. I bought this record when it was released and still rotate it frequently. Expand