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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based trio releases its fourth studio album.
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  1. Know Better Learn Faster mostly sounds like a young artist coming into her own--in music and life and love.
  2. Know Better, Learn Faster is without a doubt one of the best indie folk-rock albums of the year.
  3. Their various styles are integrated and naturally came out of the way the Get Down Stay Down coalesced.
  4. Pictured on the album’s cover taking aim at a heart-shaped pinata, Thao once again sings in a way that conveys both breathless astonishment and world-weary wisdom.
  5. The production (a return engagement from Tucker Martine) remains relatively economical throughout, leaving plenty of room for Thao's distinctive warble/weep to unfold its tales of passion spent and soured.
  6. Know Better Learn Faster successfully builds off the trio's 2008 debut We Brave Bee Stings And All, with Nguyen's smoky alto and bluesy guitar remaining front and center.
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    The scuzzy arrangements ate trickier and less cute, while the lyrics fester with hard experience. [Feb 2010, p.104]

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