Long Knives Drawn - Rainer Maria
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Wisconsin-based indie/emo trio.
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  1. The band's grasp of dynamics, both musical and emotional, has deepened, resulting in Long Knives, their most nuanced album yet, with a much more understated approach than on past efforts.
  2. This is big rock, powerful, aggressive, and impeccably played and produced.
  3. They've evolved into a leaner and meaner rock machine. [March 2003, p.98]
  4. There's a lot to be said for the more refined Rainer Maria.
  5. [Kyle] Fischer is normally a quite capable guitarist whose antics and energy have been noticed for some time by fans at live shows. However, it seems here that his guitar work is merely meant to tread water, biding time for some big explosion that never seems to come.
  6. Some of Knives' tunes suffer from [vocalist Caithlin] De Marrais' oversold sentiments.
  7. Ultimately, it's the unbearable triteness of the lyrics that does Long Knives Drawn in.

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