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  • Summary: The Bay Area indie-pop band returns with their third album (and first in three years).
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Where the Aislers Set really create a distinction between themselves and their contemporaries is through the unpredictably imaginative arrangements, bolstered by Linton's truly enigmatic melodic sense.
  2. A significant departure from the band's previous works, marking a new approach to songwriting.
  3. 80
    There's real poeticised emoting here. [May 2003, p.108]
  4. How I Learned to Write Backwards isn't the kind of album that's going to turn up new rewards. Its marginal utility tops off after about 10 listens.
  5. It blows me away when someone can make nostalgia for the '60s or the '80s, or in this case both, sound relevant or recent or worth swooning over.
  6. Easily the band's most consistent, tonally tight disc thus far.
  7. Its successes -- its pleasing idiosyncrasies, its moments of charm, and so on -- are there, but underneath a veneer of such blandness that finding them seems like more trouble than it's worth.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. virgiln
    Apr 19, 2003
    10
    its actually really fucking good. give it more that ten listens.
  2. christophern
    Mar 11, 2003
    8
    Catchy dream-pop, definitely a great album to spin on a sunny day.