I Sold Gold - Aqueduct

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  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 is the rare record that can poke fun at itself, the world, and its fans yet transcend simple entertainment.
  3. 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.
  4. After 10 tracks of diffident, postmodern songcraft, I Sold Gold ends on a small note of triumph with the tinny synth-pop anthem "The Tulsa Trap," an inspiring statement of purpose about breaking the bonds of a provincial living to go out and "give the people what they need."
  5. Quirk-rock fans, rejoice! [28 Jan 2005, p.85]
  6. Granted, this is no masterpiece, but it’s quite good and very often it is even compelling.
  7. Its flimsiness usually finds a way to sound purposeful, and that makes Aqueduct's personal, cerebral pop worth coming back to.
  8. The only thing missing is Gibbard's unique voice--well, that, and the solid songwriting that made the Postal Service's Give Up a classic, rather than just a pleasant listen. [Mar 2005, p.122]
  9. Narcissistic, repetitive, underpowered and yet strangely compelling in its quirky construction and directness.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Oct 5, 2010
    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 enjoyed making these songs. Full Review »