One Part Lullaby

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  • Summary: This is the third full-length and first major-label release for the low-fi duo of Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr.) and John Davis, who earlier achieved brief commercial success with the single "Natural One" off the soundtrack to the movie "Kids."
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Barlow and partner John Davis conjure a faux-naive summer-of-love vibe that's arch and seductive. If ''nature is the enemy,'' here's to keeping it unreal.
  2. Village Voice (Consumer Guide)
    This is so pretty it's almost a poem about quiet lyricism--and so passive you want to put crystal meth in its apple juice.
  3. 80
    Thickly constructed, melodically rich, and thoroughly well-conceived, Barlow and fellow Implosionist John Davis have concocted a true '90s guitar pop album.
  4. Having scored a minor hit with a track that appeared on the Kids soundtrack, the group now has a big-label deal and a hip new style--still recognizably moody and tentative, but with enough down-tempo beats and electronic knob-tweaking to drift into trip-hop territory.
  5. While early Folk Implosion albums were almost tuneless, ramshackle affairs, this latest effort builds on the crystalline pop gems found on "Dare to Be Surprised" (1997). From the sounds of it, anarchy's getting friendlier and friendlier all the time.
  6. That's the tenor of One Part Lullaby, a CD that takes sardonic low-fi minimalism and makes it into transcendentally tinny pop. Lullaby lilts and entices without losing its smirk.
  7. "Implosion" is a bit of an overstatement. These guys go soft and introspective in the face of crisis and it never reaches the point of any actual combustion.

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  1. bjb9
    Feb 29, 2004
    a bunch of good songs!