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  • Summary: This new side project for Pedro The Lion's David Bazan finds that group's guitars replaced with synthesizers.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Basically, it's earnest, well-crafted indie with synths. [May 2005, p.86]
  2. 80
    Bazan's ability to write compelling, catchy tunes remains intact. [#68, p.100]
  3. Because the songs refuse to make their musical strictures ends unto themselves, because a good sense of melody can make a bunch of analog synthesizers feel as familiar as your mom’s meatloaf, because Bazan’s lyrics celebrate the commonplace so convincingly, the Headphones manage to sound as real -- in fact, as ordinary -- as any ol’ rock band.
  4. Headphones would have made a killer EP.
  5. After the bland misfire that was last year's Achilles Heel, Headphones' debut offers some hope for lapsed Pedro-philes.
  6. Forget the easy Gibbard/Tamborello comparisons and look here if you seek more mope with your Moog.
  7. The mood of the disc is no less overcast than his usual material; it just makes more use of the celesta setting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. EricR
    Jun 9, 2005
    10
    Brilliant.
  2. MikeP
    Mar 22, 2007
    9
    Not bad, but I've seen better from Bazan. An interesting new twist from the traditional roots.