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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Wisconsin-based indie/emo trio.
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  1. They've evolved into a leaner and meaner rock machine. [March 2003, p.98]
  2. This is big rock, powerful, aggressive, and impeccably played and produced.
  3. 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.
  4. The conversational rawness that drove the previous albums is gone, and the band loses something as a result.
  5. It's not a bad album -- it's just not particularly notable.
  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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