Inches - Les Savy Fav
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  • Summary: 'Inches' compiles A- and B- sides from nine different singles (originally released on nine different labels) dating back to the Rhode Island band's inception in 1995.
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  1. A mandatory release for all Les Savy Fans, both serious and casual.
  2. Without a doubt, this is Les Savy Fav's defining album.
  3. Defeatist it may be, but such genius is very rarely recognised in a band’s lifetime. So be it – because there genuinely is no verbal persuasion that could exceed a single listen to America’s most underrated.
  4. For any group to progress and change the way that, say, Radiohead has, is pretty damn inspiring. It shows commitment, and it shows vision.
  5. Inches succeeds, and then some, because the record simply doesn’t sound like it’s been collated together over a nine year period.
  6. Inches is an ambitious concept, but the band's success with it is another example of Les Savy Fav's mix of intellect and volatility.
  7. An accurate representation of the prolific group's career. [Aug 2004, p.106]

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  1. Ken
    Mar 31, 2006
    10
    This album is perfect. I'm sick of reviews like "Under the Radar" who contantly compare LSF to Fugazi even when they've really began to come into their own. Their first two albums definitely have heavy Fugazi influence and even though the early singles can trace that, the newer/latest songs have definitely given LSF their own distinct, groovy sound. You can't dance to Fugazi songs like you can to LSF. Can we stop the Fugazi comparisons and just enjoy this phenomenal album? We get it, they're mainly influenced by Fugazi, now could you please actually listen to the album. Expand
  2. markf
    May 11, 2004
    9
    The conceit and accomplishment of this album is almost incomprehensible. These guys decided, in advance, to make an album consisting of nine singles, a & b sides, all released on vinyl, and by nine different labels, all over a period of eight years. Well, this is the album, and we can all see what we've been missing for several years. Anybody who loves the original punk invasion or the formation of true new wave (1976-1979) will recognize this Brooklyn band as kindred spirits. They crank out generous slabs of the most new-wavy punk which could ever be imagined, but they're all new originals. They do include many different varieties of the genre, including oddball gems such as "Reformat Dramatic Reading" which, to my knowledge, is completely unique, and damned hilarious to boot. The 18 songs on this will have any true rock-and-roller going crazy. I'd mention all the highpoints, but then I'd basically have to mention everything. When will radio allow the public to hear what the hell is really the shit? Expand
  3. JT
    May 17, 2004
    9
    This is my first exposure to the band and it's one of the few albums that has stayed in constant rotation in my CD player. The bonus DVD was a nice addition. The songs are each independant animals but work so well together. Powerful, slippery, deceptively intelligent and fragile. There are many levels to most of the songs, rewarding frequent listening with not understanding of the songs' intent. Expand
  4. AsiaZ
    Jun 13, 2004
    9
    Without a doubt my choice for album of the year (along with RJD2) thus far. Les Savy Fav is stand up and applaud good, and this album should be on everybody's shopping list. Expand
  5. DougR
    Feb 19, 2005
    9
    The Fav are/were the best rock band on the planet, and Inches is a choice sampler. You'll hear this comment over and over but after seeing them live (if they ever tour again *fingers crossed*) lay this baby down on your headphones and you will just shiver remembering one of the most engaging concerts you ever saw. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Feb 18, 2005
    8
    Incredibly inventive and wide ranging.Full of ideas and originality.