Nothing's Lost - Styrofoam
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  • Summary: What happens when you team Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard with a cutting-edge electronica artist? Sure, you have the Postal Service, but you also have this new full-length from Arne Van Petegem's Styrofoam, which features multiple contributions not only from Gibbard, but also from Valerie Trebeljahr (Lali Puna), Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set), Markus Acher (The Notwist) and rapper Alias. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Nothing’s Lost is a more stately affair, flaunting van Petegum’s growth as a producer without losing his child-like talent for awkward emulation.
  2. Nothing's Lost is heavier, denser and in its best moments, verges on pop nirvana.
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    Post-modern pop hasn't sounded this good since the Postal Service. [Dec 2004, p.110]
  4. A solid, if not predictable emo-tronic excursion.
  5. Styrofoam represents the part of the Morr Music roster where the first three letters of the label's name might as well stand for "middle of the road."
  6. The songs are stronger than ever. [Apr/May 2005, p.139]
  7. Nothing's Lost is a well-meaning record that just got its priorities mixed up. These tech'd-up tearjerkers can out bench press anyone in terms of sonic fodder, but the album is whiny, transparent, and a colossal hodgepodge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ArmandoA
    Feb 19, 2006
    I just can't describe the feelings this albums gives me. Absolutely beautiful music, no doub't about that. Much, MUCH better than his past album, here you can clearly see the work of an experienced producer/composer. Expand
  2. NeilG
    Dec 4, 2004
    Whilst this CD may not be groundbreaking electronica it does contain 4 or 5 slices of pop perfection.Styrofoam can't win because write a good tune and your a boring sellout or glitch until you drop and be accused of having no songs ! Anyway a great little pop record and then some ! Expand
  3. erikdiscostusupershow
    Dec 30, 2004
    the only thing that keeps this record from being reeeally good, are the guest spots. some work, some don't. i think he carries things much better on his own. still an excellent release! Expand