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  • Summary: This seven-track EP recorded during the sessions for 'Romantica' includes covers of the Rolling Stones' "Waiting On A Friend" and Kraftwerk's "Neon Lights," as well as five new songs and videos for "Lovedust" and "1995."
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. The best of these seven songs is a Stones cover, only not by as much as you first think, and the second-best is the opener ["Astronaut"], ditto.
  2. The short album feels fully realized -- immediate and raw all at once -- just as rock ought to be.
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    Transcends their last album with lean hooks that trade urban melancholy for a surprisingly pastoral warmth. [#11, p.136]
  4. Nothing about the five originals and two covers here makes them come across like B-sides or throwaways.
  5. Musically and lyrically, it continues right along in the same footsteps of their last album, and in the case of some tracks is even much better.
  6. Six of the seven songs are understated, melodic mid-tempo pieces.... The song that breaks the mold is also the album's best moment[:]"Astronaut."
  7. Features typically fragile thumbnail sketches like New Haven Comet. [Feb 2003, p.105]

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