Face Control - Handsome Furs
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 82
    Together they've embraced more experience and experimentation for captivating results. [Winter 2009, p.100]
  2. 80
    Face Control's programmed electronics, in fact, ring deeply human, and Boeckner's tortured vocals express shared experience rather than alienation.
  3. Lyrical inscrutability peppered with the occasional waft of clarity has always been a Boeckner trademark, and Face Control continues that.
  4. Face Control does have at least a few things in common with a good poem: it’s a carefully crafted, modest, personal work that’s as much about purging the demons and anxieties that have been kicking around in the author’s dome as it is about creating something beautiful.
  5. There simply aren't as many full-bodied, satisfying songs. [Winter 2009, p.72]
  6. The net effect is unsettling distance, not pointed commentary. [Apor 2009, p.134]
  7. This is easily the most flavorless fruit yet to fall from the Wolf Parade family tree.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. martinw
    Mar 12, 2009
    10
    This record is fantastic. it sounds like bruce springsteen fronting J.U.S.T.I.C.E but erm...good.
  2. KyleM
    Mar 11, 2009
    9
    This is the best thing Dan Boeckner has put his name on outside of the first Wolf Parade full length, no question.
  3. BrendanG
    Mar 13, 2009
    9
    Maybe not their "deepest" work, but certainly the catchiest.
  4. JackC
    Mar 11, 2009
    8
    This is a good album. Lots of catchy melodies and the songs grow on ya. Love Dan's voice. I might prefer Plague Park just because of that album's first 3 songs and "sing captain," but this is really solid stuff. Fun too. Expand
  5. FredR
    Mar 11, 2009
    7
    Great vocals and good listening on the tracks that are delivered clean such as Officer of Hearts. When they clothe tracks in noisy smokey showgazey gauze like on Legal Tender their music degenerates into yawn. Expand