Fall Back Open - Now It's Overhead
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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. Despite its slowcore pedigree, Fall Back manages to stand solidly on its own haunted ground, forging a yet-to-be-realized level of tender creativity.
  2. 80
    Dusky, angsty synth-pop. [Apr 2004, p.103]
  3. This is a rare example of music transcending lyrics in conveying the work’s meaning.
  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. 75
    A Death Cab For Cutie album you can listen to while ironing your cape. [Apr 2004, p.94]
  6. Fall Back Open is more reminiscent of the arid, slow-burning side of the debut ("With a Subtle Look" comes to mind) than its upbeat fare, a reverb-drenched cruise missile flying in relentless slow-motion, like Calla with a pulse and a cherubic blond singer who could have gone boy-band as easily as indie-land.
  7. 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
    absolutely beautiful. i can't think of anything that's not amazing about this album.
  2. JamesH
    Sep 9, 2004
    Not as good as the EP but still a dreamy atmospheric brilliant album.
  3. giulia
    Feb 7, 2005
    sorry, i dont like the voice. its sounds nearly as bad as the one of the placebo guy