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  • Summary: The indie rock trio returns with its original lineup to release its first new album in 10 years.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Older, wiser, and a little weathered around the edges, Versus no longer has time for irony or niceties. Accordingly, On The Ones isn't a nostalgic tickle--it's a wake-up punch.
  2. While this is a darker album in some ways than their earlier work, there's no bummer vibe here. Lyrically, it's obvious that these are songs written by someone who has seen a few years come and go, and their pop sense has been burnished and built into the songs of a group that knows how to make a trio memorable.
  3. 78
    The twinkles of music past have been removed, and in their place, gravel has been thrown across the guitars--darkness creeps forward and the album builds and crashes with fervor.
  4. While almost all of the group's back catalog is solid, On the Ones and Threes has a clarity and distinctiveness lacking on many of the earlier records.
  5. The album may have its bumps, but the unassuming charm these guys have always brought to their records comes through more often than not.
  6. Even if this album plays hard to get, there's plenty to love for those willing to listen.
  7. Even in the heavier moments, the album plays with a cool, unruffled composure that seems more easygoing than prior outings, making for a comfortable, welcome return.

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  1. Dec 30, 2011
    I haven't heard from them in years and it is a pleasure to hear them once again, older obviously, some of the subject matter of they're songs reflect this.still the same pleasing formula, while I'm sure the song writing credits just say Versus it has always been my belief that the majority of the songs were written by James with a couple of killers thrown in by Fontaine ("Double Suicide a Mercy Killing") the same holds true on this album.If you loved them in the past you will love this album.My only question is does James still say "smoke cigarettes there good for you" Collapse