Lost And Safe - The Books
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  • Summary: The third release for the acclaimed cut-and-paste outfit features an expanded vocal role for guitarist Nick Zammuto.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Although Lost and Safe would be a crowning achievement for any band, The Books show no sign of running out of beautiful musical ideas to convey.
  2. From the songwriting to the production to the performance, the whole package that the Books present with Lost and Safe works wonderfully and makes for a very rewarding listen.
  3. There are times where the release feels like a transitional effort, yet it also contains some of the best songs that they've ever done.
  4. This decidedly literate songcraft has a range of ancestors, including Talking Heads, Sparks and David Grubbs, but three albums along, The Books are nailing down a distinctive soundworld of their own. [#254, p.54]
  5. There's such an embarrassment of riches in Lost and Safe.
  6. The more cohesive undercurrents of "Lost and Safe" might display a formidable sense of growth for the band, but hardcore fans of the band's past work might be a little taken aback by the album's more direct approach. Nevertheless, these guys remain at the bleeding edge of pop innovation, even if it is more hummable than you'd expect.
  7. 60
    Lost And Safe is a move songwards, and though this promises greater coherence, it's at the expense of some of the group's wayward charm. [May 2005, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. trickykd
    May 9, 2005
    A gem of a record... Ballsy, abrasive and overwhelmingly adictive...
  2. seanj
    Apr 10, 2005
    the books are fantastically brilliant
  3. aliciab
    Apr 30, 2005
    such pretty music.
  4. sunkilmoon
    Apr 6, 2005
    The Books remain one of the best hidden treasures in music.
  5. EthanZ
    Aug 14, 2006
    Challenging and interesting, with several moments of stunning loveliness. Zamuto's voice, accompanying and harmonizing with samples, ties them into the fabric of the music, helping ensure it doesn't sound like cut and paste, but like a complex tapestry of sound. "Headpone music", in the best sense of the term. Expand
  6. Snilsen
    Mar 24, 2006
    Could be The Books best yet. If you liked the previous two and cna hear the genius then you shouldn't hesitate, they do take it up and over a notch. Expand
  7. matta
    Jul 1, 2005
    honestly, not impressed. "Cut and Paste" really is the perfect description for this music-totally disjointed and lacking both melody and harmony. My assessment of the album may be a little unfair because I was expecting something like the Notwist or Mouse on Mars but got something totally different (and completely inferior). Gets a few points for some neat electronic stuff and a few good tracks, but as whole, disappointing Expand

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