Loose In The Air - The Double
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  • Summary: Steve Revitte produced the experimental Brooklyn four-piece's third album (and first for Matador).
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. The Double is poised to overtake Yo La Tengo's avant-pop throne, but it's still early. [#11, p.114]
  2. If anything really differentiates Loose in the Air from its predecessor, it's that the more conventional recording process has the band sounding a little less leftfield. This isn't necessarily a drawback because any oddness excised from Loose in the Air is exchanged for a new sense of synergy.
  3. The Double combine unsettling electronic noise with simple, enjoyable vocal hooks to create a rickety, rattletrap pop collage that's too undeniably ear-catching to ignore.
  4. The Double has a high ambition of making outré textures pop, but their obliqueness can walk a fine line between compelling and evasively wussy.
  5. These periodic lapses of over-constraint are especially disappointing given the group's obvious talent for making spontaneous mid-air adjustments to their sound; but there's enough evidence here to be optimistic that one day soon the group will gain the swagger necessary to more consistently abandon themselves to their wilder sonic impulses.
  6. On Loose in the Air, the Double has attenuated the noise and cranked up the once-obscured songs. This may be bad news for the purists, but it’s a blessing for everyone waiting for a great record from this Brooklyn band.
  7. Formulaic but thoroughly satisfying.

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  1. sumac
    Sep 30, 2005
    10
    This is an awesome album. But it must be listened to several times to really appreciate the nuance, particularly the drums.
  2. andreww
    Nov 17, 2005
    10
    this is a great record!