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  • Summary: The third and final album by the current lineup of this Chicago-based indie band (band member and Aesthetics label head Ken Dyber is leaving the group) includes 10 new tracks, featuring the alternating male/female vocals of Joseph Costa and Lindsay Anderson alongside the band's moody,The third and final album by the current lineup of this Chicago-based indie band (band member and Aesthetics label head Ken Dyber is leaving the group) includes 10 new tracks, featuring the alternating male/female vocals of Joseph Costa and Lindsay Anderson alongside the band's moody, haunting sound. Expand
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  1. Like Tindersticks without the strings, and with a better sense of vocal clarity, L'Altra is the kind of band whose releases would be best sold with some cheap red wine and a carton of cigarettes for those long, lonely nights in.
  2. An undeniably pleasant and ultimately rewarding, if not immediately accessible, listen.
  3. A pleasant, atmospheric diversion.
  4. Slow and achingly graceful, L'Altra's mellow moods are welcome any time of day. [Jul 2002, p.76]
  5. Taken as a whole, it's liable to become soporific, but individual tracks are near perfect essays in understated melancholy. [May 2002, p.117]
  6. The moments of beauty caught fleetingly in the gaps between over-arranged blocks make for frustrated listening. [#218, p.64]
  7. 60
    If only [L'Altra] would wipe away the polish, stop being yet another tender pop band and let its melodies be springboards for exploration instead of straightjackets. [#54, p.94]
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Nov 16, 2002
    10
    It is fucking great!
  2. olivierp
    Feb 18, 2005
    10
    Incredible and wonderful album Both intimate and ethereal, nearly unreal

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