Dignity And Shame - Crooked Fingers
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  • Summary: Velocity Girl's Sarah Shannon guests on Eric Bachmann's fourth Crooked Fingers release, which was co-produced by Martin Feveyear.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
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  1. Dignity and Shame is just another day in the world-weary lovelorn characters that Bachmann has so vividly brought to life for the past five years with his Crooked Fingers entourage.
  2. 83
    These songs are both sturdier and more complex. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  3. It's easily the artist's most cohesive, polished work.
  4. His pieces match open, lovely music with lyrics depicting people in struggle.... Individual songs take on various moods, but the album never dips fully to the bleak.
  5. 70
    Finds [Bachmann] in a maudlin mood. [Apr 2005, p.108]
  6. While the concept fails to stand up over the album's narrative arc, the songwriting is solid as ever, and Bachmann and [Lara] Meyerratken's combined voices will soothe even the angriest beast.
  7. Absolutely the least offensive record you will probably not hear this year.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. zack
    Apr 26, 2005
    i love this album. the best of the crooked fingers. this is a definate buy especially if you like indie rock with a little twist to it. i also recogmend neutral milk hotel, the mountain goats, and the shins if you like this kind of music. Expand
  2. BP
    Mar 7, 2005
    Took a chance from the used bin, and now I feel like I've discovered gold! I can't stop listening to this great disc!
  3. ChrisK
    Feb 21, 2005
    If you enjoyed the sounds of Red Devil Dawn but maybe if the album was a little more uplifting, you would probably enjoy this gem.
  4. B.
    Feb 22, 2005
    Bachman moves in a decidedly different direction on the followe up to Red Devil Dawn. The pop hooks are more plentiful as is the occasional rock out. Nonetheless, this is vintage crooked fingers; heartfelt, poignent lyrics telling tales of bachmann's white trash heroes. Only this time, there seems to be a bit more hope than in the past. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Feb 23, 2005
    A beautifully crafted album of bitersweet love stories.
  6. e.b.
    Feb 22, 2005
    I've been listening to this album non-stop ever since I got it and that was an advanced copy two months ago.