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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. Brightly chiming and tensely foreboding in equal measure, the group has never sounded more poised for a breakthrough. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.129]
  3. The band sound bigger and and more self-assured than ever. [Jun 2006, p.190]
  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. A heartfelt, accessible rock record for emo kids who can't stand eyeliner. [Summer 2006, p.93]
  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.