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  • Summary: 'Dimmer' is the Thrill Jockey debut for British ex-pat and current Chicagoan Jim Elkington.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Elkington has crafted an uplifting, despondent, and always atmospheric collection of elegant indie rock that never takes itself too seriously.
  2. Elkington and Co. have been honing their sounds and songs long enough to make Dimmer sound less like an auspicious debut and more like the fully-formed, top-of-game record that it is.
  3. It's a really solid record, unassuming yet memorable, subtle: It's mildly melancholy, modestly dark, and discreetly brooding.
  4. Elkington's wry, sodden compositions are enlivened with sparse yet crisp instrumentation and steady melodies. Imagine shoegazer tendencies jolted by the cattle prod of Midwestern edgy folk rock.
  5. 60
    Isn't always successful. [Jun 2005, p.113]
  6. Egon Schiele aficionados and jaded cabaret junkies: this is your music. [Apr/May 2005, p.146]
  7. It's not all bad, but there's no getting away from the fact the main problem with this lifeless debut is Elkington's voice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. FosterO
    May 31, 2005
    A great record. The slower, more folky numbers are off-set by some really nice bouant pop songs. Contrary to what the stooge from musicOHM.com says the vocals are relaxed and borderline romantic. The backing bad is strong and understated. Powerful at times. The comparisons to Scott Walker, Bill Callahan, and David Berman are right on. A greatly talented new songwriter. Expand