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  • Summary: The latest album for the Chicago rock band was recorded live in Louisville, Kentucky, and Tokyo, Japan.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    Full of power and their trademark delicate storytelling, Shipping News' latest is their greatest. [Dec 2010, p.116]
  2. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    Merging brittle, jittery riffing, fraught tremolo-picked flutters with mesmeric drum patterns and tense, semi-spoken vocals the result is as resounding a success as ever and a reassuring testament to the ongoing fertility of the Louisville underground.
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    76
    Shipping News may have taken years off, but it seems determined to make up for it in sheer, rewarding noise.
  4. Feb 10, 2011
    70
    Heartless lacks a standout, but it gets so many things right that it doesn't really matter. It's nothing if not authentic, like Shipping News themselves, and given their current circumstances, it isn't a stopgap, but a gift.
  5. Feb 10, 2011
    70
    It isn't the transcendental work of which they're capable, but nonetheless taps into a thriving, sometimes exhilarating strain of striated rock music.
  6. 70
    Strong and very durable, the somewhat live album is an interesting release, with many free-forming ideas and passing blunders abounding.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    The grammatically doubtful One Less Heartless To Fear finds the quartet in more punishing mode. [Feb 2011, p.101]