In The Vines - Castanets
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the San Diego-based band led by Ray Raposa.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. In the Vines is a spare, unhurried blend of raw instrumentation and experimental electronic noisemaking serving as a chronicle of crippling depression and death's imminent domain.
  2. The album's Gothic-tinged Americana is an uneasy road but blazes a trail worth exploring, one that is more about the journey and not so much about the destination.
  3. If In the Vines isn't a record that impresses at the level of individual songs, neither is it something you throw on in the background and forget about.
  4. 70
    Raposa breathes a life of delicate beauty amidst a seemingly hopeless situation.
  5. 70
    A very dark album, yes, but Raposa's ability to convey much with little usually results in a fragile and gloomy beauty rather than mopey dreck.
  6. With ten songs running under forty minutes, the haphazard track order (with production quality going from super lo-fi to pristine) and dour feel ultimately make for a rather challenging listen.
  7. Raymond Raposa, the ex-surfer behind the ever-shifting line-up, sounds like Neil Young after spending a few nights on a park bench, his decayed folky croak the perfect thread to link these hushed laments.

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  1. Rev.Rikard
    Nov 10, 2007
    If I did not know better I would think an admirer of Bob Dylan had written a dark country/folk album laden with equally dark lyrical images. The melodies will not hook you on this album. The listener needs to be a lover of poetry and dark prose. Too many of the tunes sound familiar, though the content of each merits a thorough hearing. Expand