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  • Summary: Malcolm Burn (Shawn Colvin) produced much of this fifth studio album for the indie rockers.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. [Rainer Maria] drapes songs in atmospheric echo while maintaining a steady, urgent beat--all of which provides a stage for Caithlin De Marrais' earnest, fully engaged voice.
  2. A terrific collection of thoughtful, energetic rock songs.
  3. Catastrophe Keeps Us Together is the most Rainer Maria has sounded like themselves since the Atlantic EP and is more daring than we could have hoped.
  4. In a genre dominated by sensitive boys in sneakers and second-hand cardigans, Rainer Maria have had an edge: ... There’s barely a male voice to be heard on Catastrophe Keeps Us Together.
  5. Often echo[es] early R.E.M. with better articulation. [7 Apr 2006, p.59]
  6. At this point it seems that Rainer Maria are much more modern rock than emo, but that doesn't mean that Catastrophe Keeps Us Together isn't a good album.
  7. As bland and timid a record as likely to come out in the strikingly boring year of 2006.

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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. MattD.
    Apr 18, 2006
    10
    Terrific melodic rock. They have strayed from their emo roots, but you can still hear a lot of passion.
  2. DrunkenMaster
    Apr 20, 2006
    9
    Shimmering and gorgeous. A great record.