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  • Summary: Occasional Saddle Creek-er Denver Dalley returns with a second Statistics album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. This is nourishing pop music at its most immediate best.
  2. It's a well-thought out and solidly executed effort by an artist who hasn't allowed himself to become set in his ways.
  3. If the tech-savvy "By(e) Now" feels like a leftover from the more experimental debut, Statistics sophomore full-length has enough real songs to qualify it as an anomaly.
  4. [His] approach sometimes leaves the songs shapeless, but sad, atmospheric tracks such as "Begging to Be Heard" recall some of New Wave's most seductive aspects without getting too fancy. [11 Aug 2005, p.75]
  5. Often Lie, even in its brevity, loses a lot of steam after the opening tracks.
  6. Hopefully next time he'll challenge himself to expand his palette and realize more of his considerable potential. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.138]
  7. Words fail ("I'm dying to be living"). They fail early ("You could say we're changing formats" on opener "Final Broadcast"). They fail often ("Through our cell phones we shout"; "Who are you holding when you're sleeping next to me?"; "Ignorance was so blissful"). They fail spectacularly ("This distance is getting tough"), and best of all they're posted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. saraj
    Sep 10, 2005
    10
    this album is great. i borrowed it from a friend an she will never get it back. it reminds me of so many bands all mixed beautifully together. my fav is the 4th track. Expand
  2. John
    Aug 18, 2005
    8
    although this may lack the creativity of the previous statistics album . It is still a cd any saddle creek lover should buy. This man is really talented and a music genious Expand