High Society

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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. For all the divergent styles and blatant hero-worshipping to be found on High Society, the group never sounds derivative or misguided -- a rare feat, proving that despite numerous comparisons, Enon have indeed carved out their own fractured and unique musical identity.
  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. 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.
  5. Alternative Press
    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. 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.
  7. Uncut
    Enon inhabit a multi-coloured Seventies soaring pop universe but with... emphasis on crunching guitar breaks, electronic textures and skewed lyrics. [Sep 2002, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. AndyT.
    Sep 12, 2002
    Aye carumba! That's a spicy tamale!!!
  2. JustinB
    Jan 15, 2007
  3. SlateGrey
    Mar 26, 2004
    Fucking amazing. I got an interview with Schmersal when the CD came out... hope he's as cool as ever.
  4. AmberR
    Jul 26, 2004
    beautiful and eclectic
  5. MichaelE.
    Oct 7, 2002
    Pure fun from beginning to end. One of my favourites this year.
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    Great for a party, great doing housechores. Endlessly listenable.

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