...it falls apart

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  • Summary: The fourth album from the Bay Area indie rockers (led by singer-guitarist Carlos Forster) is their first in three years.
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. With soaring, beautiful vocals, lush layering, intricate guitars and rhythm, and a flair for the dramatic, ...It Falls Apart is both powerful and lovely, at times dark and at times soaringly beautiful, and it is truly the band’s crowning achievement.
  2. Like most great albums, ...It Falls Apart reminds the listener of its various influences, but without theft or shallow imitation.
  3. For all the glitzy sonic veneer -- echoed vocals, swirling, effect-laden guitars, time-travel keyboards -- the album never sacrifices the heart of the song.
  4. Mojo
    Though the detail in these blurred vignettes sometimes upstages the foreground, the moments of magic make the odd longueur worth enduring. [Sep 2004, p.95]
  5. For as honest and beguiling as Foster's almost feminine falsetto might be, the themes being touched upon and, more importantly, the way in which Forster dabs at them so simply... causes this otherwise fine artistic expression to be slandered significantly.
  6. What For Stars lack in originality they overcompensate for in emotionality.
  7. It Falls Apart is a mess of overproduction and features bland songwriting.

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  1. FrancescoA
    Jul 28, 2004
    Strange one. Great songs and useless noises.... It's still emotionally challenging and interesting anyway