Guilty Rainbow - Roommate
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  • Summary: Chicago via Brooklyn's Kent Lambert adds bassist Gillian Lisee (formerly of the Fruit Bats), drummer Seth Vanek, and multi-instrumentalist Luther Rochester.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 12, 2011
    90
    It's got more of an arc and sense of unspoken redemption than most contemporary albums that parade themselves as such. It's also one of those rare albums that starts out great and gets better over its 45-minute length.
  2. Aug 12, 2011
    83
    There is little else more gratifying in being a fan of music than watching a musician, with every successive album, build upon his or her potential in such an exquisite, dedicated way that everything about their music is now a magnificent improvement over what came before. Roommate's third album is all that.
  3. 80
    The flowing, multivalent music helps to keep things out of the monotonous emotional doldrums, but Lambert's slow, building, prying questions truly force the listener to examine every bit of the album and the self.
  4. Aug 12, 2011
    70
    It's a little much to call it Steely Dan in terms of contrast but there's something not too far removed going on.
  5. Aug 12, 2011
    60
    Roommate has always been prone to overbearing imagery and aimless compositions. Guilty Rainbow falls prey to some of the same temptations, but on the whole, the new release finds Lambert cultivating his strengths-a no-frills delivery and fluid, organic verses that roll into one another with an easy inevitability.