Lenses Alien - Cymbals Eat Guitars
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  • Summary: The second album for the indie rock band from Staten Island was produced by John Agnello.
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  1. 100
    So many wonderful things happen on Lenses Alien that you can't possibly remember them all. The only solution, of course, is to listen again.
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    83
    Lenses Alien bears traces of Modest Mouse, Superchunk, Cap'n Jazz, Slint, and others, but the songs exude a craftsmanship that simple re-appropriation couldn't achieve. The band may be trying too hard to emphasize that by opening the album with an epic track, but the point isn't lost.
  3. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    The balance of tension and release in Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name) is expertly managed, while Definite Darkness and The Current bring calm and a note of quiet bliss.
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    All three of those bands masterfully juggle creative lyrics with equally inventive music, something Cymbals Eat Guitars comes very close to achieving on Lenses Alien.
  5. Sep 14, 2011
    80
    The New York quartet have outdone it with Lenses Alien. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  6. Sep 14, 2011
    72
    Out in the suburbs, the Cymbals Eat Guitars boys had plenty of room to stretch their legs and creative muscles, but it would have done some good for them to have been reigned back in, even if a little.
  7. Sep 21, 2011
    60
    A rugged, roaring listen. [Oct 2011, p.117]

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