I Sold Gold - Aqueduct
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length for the Seattle-based band which consists solely of David Terry (and his drum machine) and has drawn comparisons to Grandaddy and the Flaming Lips.
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  1. One man has made a beautifully subtle magic in his bedroom studio--and it will be heard on The O.C. in no time.
  2. I Sold Gold, despite its lack of crisp tones, has clearly seen plenty of production fussiness, leading to a great sounding record that would fit in a lineup of Tiny Telephone productions, like Death Cab for Cutie in particular.
  3. I Sold Gold is the rare record that can poke fun at itself, the world, and its fans yet transcend simple entertainment.
  4. Quirk-rock fans, rejoice! [28 Jan 2005, p.85]
  5. Granted, this is no masterpiece, but it’s quite good and very often it is even compelling.
  6. Its flimsiness usually finds a way to sound purposeful, and that makes Aqueduct's personal, cerebral pop worth coming back to.
  7. Narcissistic, repetitive, underpowered and yet strangely compelling in its quirky construction and directness.

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  1. goodbadbunny
    Apr 3, 2005
    10
    What's with the Postal Service/Death cab comparisons? The lyrics for suggestion box are a big goofy but catchy. This sounds like Bob What's with the Postal Service/Death cab comparisons? The lyrics for suggestion box are a big goofy but catchy. This sounds like Bob Mould doing glitchy synth pop. I keep getting these songs stuck in my head. Also check out the ep. Expand
  2. RachelS
    Feb 4, 2005
    10
    This album is great!!!!!
  3. [Anonymous]
    Mar 8, 2005
    10
    this is kind of stuff that's going to put big labels out of business. shit so good that's being produced from some kid's bedroom.
  4. KellyB
    Mar 28, 2005
    9
    Wonderful mix of early 80's synth-pop and lo-fi indie rock...without the irony. Lead singer David Terry, with a real ear for melody, has Wonderful mix of early 80's synth-pop and lo-fi indie rock...without the irony. Lead singer David Terry, with a real ear for melody, has created an album with genuine heart. After hearing this album, my faith in music has been restored. Finally, a modern day album with more substance than style. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2010
    9
    This is a great example of bedroom indie-synth-pop. The music is danceable, but the lyrics can really make you think. You can tell he enjoyedThis is a great example of bedroom indie-synth-pop. The music is danceable, but the lyrics can really make you think. You can tell he enjoyed making these songs. Expand
  6. matta
    Jun 6, 2005
    8
    I'm a little surprised at the postal service/death cab comparisons as well. Some electronic elements, but it's not as soft and I'm a little surprised at the postal service/death cab comparisons as well. Some electronic elements, but it's not as soft and dreamy as both of those other bands. May be a little repetitive at times, but is genuinely fun to listen to. Expand