Detrola - His Name Is Alive
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  • Summary: The first album in four years for Warn Defever & co. is also the band's debut for new label Reincarnate (after multiple releases on 4AD).
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  1. Spellbinding and eclectic with the ability to be both eerie and gentle, Detrola is the best of the best of what His Name Is Alive has to offer.
  2. It's probably the best thing Defever's ever done.
  3. At 38 minutes, the album never lets up, never bores and constantly introduces new and interesting sounds to tantalize your brain. [#13, p.92]
  4. There's an impressive array of styles here, though you're left with one singular impression: deep loneliness. [17 Feb 2006, p.79]
  5. It's sometimes an odd fit, but the friction sparked from these mismatched traits lends Detrola an eccentric charm. [Apr 2006, p.222]
  6. Defever can still write great, melancholic pop songs.
  7. A disappointingly amateurish performance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. JonathanA
    Apr 16, 2007
    This is my favorite '06 album. It's fresh, intriguing, moving, brilliant - yes, the best work Defever's ever done. I love the imagery of the lyrics and the intimate production and the gripping indie/funk/jazz style. I have owned it from near its release early last year, and it is still as interesting as when I listened to it the very first time. Wonderful. Expand
  2. ChrisT
    Jun 11, 2006
    amazing sound + not a bad song + like nothing i've heard of late + the fact that I saw them last night = i am in love with this album right now. brilliant compositions and moods. Expand
  3. attaboy
    Mar 27, 2006
    I wasn't expecting too much (due mainly to the impotent music that has typofied Seattle of late), but these dudes really have their finger on the sound they want. The press reviews can tell you about the bands who inspired Band of Horses, and from this layman's point of view, it really works. Expand