Etiquette - Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
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  • Summary: This fourth disc of lo-fi indie electronica from Portland, Oregon's Owen Ashworth adds guest vocalists and a much wider variety of instrumentation into the mix.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Like previous albums, this one is full of sharp, sudden observations, rueful admissions of failure and surprising sweetness.
  2. His most ambitious and diverse album yet.
  3. Ashworth earns sympathy aplenty vocally, but his mechanical compositions occasionally jar awkwardly against his heartfelt outpourings.
  4. Sure, the songs are serviceable, even great at times, but if you take away the new instruments, the tracks are spitting images of their younger brethren.
  5. The inclusion of guest vocalists... keeps Etiquette from engaging on the kind of one-on-one basis that made Pocket Symphonies for Lonely Subway Cars and Twinkle Echo such selfish pleasures.
  6. What stands out on Etiquette, what makes it so powerful, isn't the full instrumentation -- it's still not exactly a wall of sound -- it's the moving and earnest lyrics Ashworth deadpans over his dark, minimalist beats and minor chords.
  7. How you’ll come down on Etiquette depends, I suppose, on how interested you are in the tales of sad-sack twentysomethings.

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  1. MihaiV
    Sep 11, 2006
    Not a classic, but a good album nevertheless. Nice rock-electronic arrangements.