Fall Back Open

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  • Summary: Michael Stipe and Conor Oberst guest on this sophomore disc for the Athens, GA outfit led by producer Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), with vocals from Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor (Azure Ray).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    Closely approximates what Tears For Fears' The Hurting would have sounded like if Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith had grown up in Georgia. [Apr 2004, p.84]
  2. 80
    Their country-sagged beat-focused rock remains, which, coupled with some sumptuous keys and Andy LeMaster’s notoriously unnerving range, reveal Now It’s Overhead’s startling magnetism.
  3. The overall effect is intoxicating -- some sort of triangulated point in the middle of REM, New Order and Statistics.
  4. Fall Back Open builds its Brian Eno-esque architecture into a warm, vulnerable document of searching and fear of connection, resulting in a pleasantly engaging and subtly memorable offering.
  5. Spin
    75
    A Death Cab For Cutie album you can listen to while ironing your cape. [Apr 2004, p.94]
  6. The A.V. Club
    70
    Some of the soundscapes on Fall Back Open sound featureless and flat, but most are amazingly accomplished given Now It's Overhead's youth and modest means. [17 Mar 2004]
  7. Blender
    40
    The ponderous lyrics sound cribbed straight from A Mighty Wind, and LeMaster's nasal whine is hard to take. [Apr 2004, p.134]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. SummerB
    Apr 20, 2005
    10
    absolutely beautiful. i can't think of anything that's not amazing about this album.
  2. JamesH
    Sep 9, 2004
    9
    Not as good as the EP but still a dreamy atmospheric brilliant album.
  3. giulia
    Feb 7, 2005
    4
    sorry, i dont like the voice. its sounds nearly as bad as the one of the placebo guy