Festival Thyme [EP] - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 'Bells of Creation (Machete Mix)' confirms they're not budging from their patented brans of symphonic rock....It's a sizzling cauldron of rock magic, grand in sound and scope. The other songs aren't quite as compelling. [Dec 2008, p.146]
  2. Opener 'Bells of Creation (Machete Mix)' slowly builds from a single piano note to a cathartic wall of sound, a newfound streak of optimism underscoring Conrad Keely's lyricism. The celebratory spirit carries over to the title track, a jovial romp of baroque pop, and the more ornate 'Inland Sea,' balancing progressive movements and post-rock guitar.
  3. A stopgap EP that simultaneously displays the best and worst of what ...Trail of Dead can do.
  4. Festival Thyme shows there's still enough fight in them to earn a reprieve.
  5. With a new full album on tap for 2009, the advance four-song EP Festival Thyme seems to indicate the band may finally have found their footing again.

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