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  • Summary: This is the debut LP for the new project from Chris Lopez (Rock*A*Teens).
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  1. Knitting Needles & Bicycle Bells is the 2005 American indie rock equivalent of the kind of records the Kinks were making in the Village Green era: parochial, intimate, painfully literate, and pretty close to brilliant.
  2. Lopez sounds like the long lost bastard son of Guided by Voices' Bob Pollard; his songwriting showcases this kind of semi-illuminant pop that's infused with sugar-coated placidity.
  3. Knitting Needles & Bicycle Bells is a near perfect collection of four-minute songs that recall a more ragged XTC, the skewed pop/rock style of The Kinks, and The White Album-era Beatles.
  4. Sounds a lot like a stately, plump version of The Rock*A*Teens.
  5. It sounds like good musicians doing a rush job, kind of like Blood on the Tracks without the spellbinding genius.
  6. Poppy and breezy to the point of being nauseating.
  7. While this music may get heads bobbing live, it comes off flat on disc. [#11, p.116]

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  1. ReggieD
    Sep 18, 2005
    What this album does is sink: and what is sinking is teeth into the grindstone. Where ABBA and their followers have failed, they pick up and drop the tiniest nuances fit to squirm their way into the middle of the world. Wrecked? Yeah, maybe their equipment, but when an album comes along that can shake the very hound you sleep on, you dont look away twice. Everybody will cry when they die. Expand