Exiting Arm - Subtle
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Oakland, California-based group.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. It’s a glorious mess of a record, reaching for everything at once, and hitting most of it.
  2. The album boasts the most opaque lyrics in Subtle's catalog. But put the record and the website together, and the big themes become clear.
  3. Even if this time around the music takes a more prominent role, it’s this delivery that gives ExitingARM a sense of unity.
  4. Exiting Arm is another step forward in the brillant career of a group unafraid to switch it up. [June 2008, p.137]
  5. 70
    While Subtle remains as challenging as ever, there's less exhaustion in finding the nugget, for a record that finally capitalizes on the potential of Subtle's raucous live performances. [May/June 2008, p.94]
  6. 70
    A few moments of uncomplicated clarity (a stirringly memorable hook or clarion-call chorus) would elevate ExitingARM from brilliant mess to true pop genius.
  7. The problem is, because the songs are so dense, and the lyrics nearly unintelligible, it becomes difficult to differentiate Exiting Arm from the band's other work, and because of that, makes the album a bit of a disappointment.

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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. DavidR
    Jun 9, 2008
    9
    Great new release from anticon's experimental hip-hop/electronic/rock group. Breath of fresh air.