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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. Like previous albums, this one is full of sharp, sudden observations, rueful admissions of failure and surprising sweetness.
  2. This album is as buzz-worthy as other similar acts like the Postal Service.
  3. If Ashworth’s lyrical razorblade was blunted by the quaintness of Casiotone consistency before, his new compositional confidence allows its sharpness to shine and cut as deep as you could handle without running a bath.
  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. The more ambitious arrangements, coupled with the cleaner sound separation the improved production affords, make Etiquette the most approachable Casiotone album to date, without any notable sacrifices.
  7. He dissects his 20-something malaise with a dry and eloquent wit like a K-Mart Morrissey. [6 May 2006, p.33]

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