Innocence

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  • Summary: The eighth full-length release for the Virginia rock trio was recorded without computers.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 28, 2014
    85
    “Pontiak” and “ballad” were probably never supposed to be in the same sentence together, but the band’s insistence on its soft side for even a few songs is an exciting prospect that makes Innocence a diamond in the rough.
  2. Jan 31, 2014
    80
    Built around harmonies that only siblings seem to muster, there is a neat balance struck between angry noise from self-enforced isolation and a pastoral quality that strikes into the heart of America in a direct bloodline from CSNY and The Band.
  3. Magnet
    Feb 21, 2014
    80
    A keeper. [No. 106, p.58]
  4. 75
    Innocence is saved by the urgent innovation that courses through its emphatic high points, with Pontiak once again proving that they are taking rock ‘n roll in a thrilling new direction while also giving a knowing nod to its unruly past.
  5. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    While Innocence might be easily lost in the pool of “alternative,” despite its flaws it is a strong addition to the band’s already prolific catalogue.
  6. Uncut
    Jan 27, 2014
    70
    Singer Ciaran McAuley's words get lost in the dry ice a little, but a sense of quasi-religious wonder prevails. [Feb 2014, p.80]
  7. Jan 28, 2014
    60
    These slower songs aren't just mellow, they're mundane, and their inclusion leaves Innocence feeling lopsided, a oft-killer rock record with nasty balladry habit.

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  1. Feb 15, 2014
    7
    I was new to Pontiak until Echo Ono which I thought was great. I like the anthemic approach on Innocence even more. I dont see the songs asI was new to Pontiak until Echo Ono which I thought was great. I like the anthemic approach on Innocence even more. I dont see the songs as mundance or balladry at all. Just good loud indie rock. Expand