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  • Summary: This is the second album for the eclectic indie-rock band fronted and founded by John Schmersal (Brainiac). For this outing, the band has expanded to a four-piece, with new members Matt Schultz and former Blonde Redhead bassist Toko Yasuda (who replaces Steve Calhoon and handles some vocals).
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's the kind of meet-you-halfway hipster party record the Dismemberment Plan has decided they don't want to make anymore.
  2. A beautiful excursion of weird cross-genres slices.
  3. Though they may be more focused, Enon will never be straightforward, but that's one of the band's, and album's, strengths.
  4. High Society expands upon the hurried schizophrenia of Schmersal’s previous band, Brainiac, elevating songwriting to the same level of experimental deconstruction to both the detriment and advancement of the band’s core sound.
  5. Enon proves once and for all that spooky does not necessarily mean quiet, and being goofy doesn't make you a joke. [July 2002, p.80]
  6. Like kindred spirit Robert Pollard, Schmersal doesn't believe in wasting precious energy gussying tunes up with unnecessary accoutrements like middle eights and third verses, which imbues High Society with kind of breathless energy custom made for a hot summer night.
  7. 60
    High Society [proves] Schmersal capable of a good, straight-forward pop song. [July 2002, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7