Drowaton - Starlight Mints
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  • Summary: The Oklahoma band makes its Barsuk debut with this third album of quirky indie-pop.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 91
    Never cluttered, Drowaton is as compelling as it is complex. [Filter Mini #10, p.13]
  2. Drowaton is as close to an orchestral pop masterpiece as you’re going to get.
  3. 80
    Vent and Nunez revel in their experiments like science nerds let loose in the lab. [Jul 2006, p.111]
  4. At least two or three songs on the record are worthy of the New Pornographers for crunchy catchiness and the entire set is packaged with energy and hooks.
  5. It's a testament to Starlight Mints' kitchen-sink approach that each listen yields varied results. [Jun 2006, p.180]
  6. [It] finds the Mints becoming incrementally more accessible while continuing to fashion willfully obtuse pop songs that invite you in grudgingly.
  7. While all is not completely lost, too many tracks seem to shoot for the kind of idiosyncratic wonderment that the band perfected on its first two albums, only to come out flaccid. [#13, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. bobs
    May 6, 2006
    10
    let it creep up on you
  2. Aami
    Dec 18, 2006
    10
    i got a promo cd by these guys about five years ago, glad to see them getting known. :)
  3. JakeM.
    May 1, 2006
    8
    More of a lateral move than the progression I was hoping for, but stil, to my ears, these guys have yet to record a lousy note.
  4. BenK
    Apr 27, 2006
    7
    Although this is not as good as their first two albums, there are still some high quality tracks on here.
  5. ScottM
    Jun 4, 2006
    5
    Not as well done as "Built on Squares" but it has its moments