Garden of Arms - Peter Wolf Crier
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  • Band members: Brian Moen
  • Summary: The second release for Peter Pisano and Brian Moen was written after their 2010 tour.
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  1. 80
    Peter Wolf Crier may have arrived at the end of its tour burned out, but by the conclusion of their second album, the duo has evolved a more coherent signature sound.
  2. Sep 7, 2011
    75
    Far more often, the constantly evolving layers of drum riffs and harmonies galvanize the material into something that practically demands repeated listens to savor its piquancy.
  3. Sep 12, 2011
    70
    What originally seemed like a jumbled array of sonic explorations eventually found its place in the recesses of my brain, and I can now state full well that Garden of Arms is a steady piece of music.
  4. Sep 7, 2011
    60
    The confidence in their new record is clear, if only because their vocals sound more boisterous than ever, but for the most part, the experimentation is the problem.
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    60
    Garden of Arms lacks the shuffling melodies and stark homemade craftwork of the band's debut. [Oct. 2011, p. 108]
  6. Sep 9, 2011
    60
    The writing is strong and Pisano's wracked vocals have pleasing echoes of Justin Vernon, but neither quality is best served by a creative aesthetic which often subjects perfectly good songs to the aural equivalent of waterboarding. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  7. Sep 7, 2011
    40
    There are some nice moments in the mess, and sometimes I'm almost tempted to look past the annoyances before they build up--but sometimes, that's frankly just not possible.

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