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  • Summary: 'Death' is the third album for Seattle's David Terry, who almost single-handedly is Aqueduct.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Terry's miniaturist inclinations don't always mesh with Aqueduct's increased technical polish.
  2. Or Give Me Death is fun yet serious, cheerful yet depressing, simple yet intricate.
  3. A couple songs near the end fail to achieve the cold, dark mood they're going for, but this is still a great album. [#17, p.95]
  4. Imagine the Long Winters if they were far more in love with the synth and guitar textures of the '80s than the precious pop sounds of the '70s and you'd have this, a hard to pigeonhole album which greatly rewards multiple listens.
  5. Being bent out of shape never sounded so good. [Mar 2007, p.142]
  6. Terry has clearly reached a new level of musical maturity on this album, but flirting with sounds that don't quite fit in the face of such progression only keeps Or Give Me Death from fully harnessing his newfound growth.
  7. Here, the synth-pop has a monotone feel to it as track four sounds like track five, which sounds a little like track seven, etc. That's the downside of setting the bar high with your previous album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JamesV
    Mar 2, 2007
    9
    This album grows better upon repeat listening. Great use of synths, vocal phrasings. This LP along with Midlake and Silversun Pickups are my favorites right now. Already have my tickets to see Aqueduct in Tulsa Expand
  2. BillyK
    Mar 7, 2007
    8
    It's not the mini-pop masterpiece that is "I Sold Gold", but it's not trying to be. It's a broadening of his sound, and as a whole, it goes over splendidly. Not a dissapointment. The first four tracks are among the best he's ever done, and "As You Wish" has been stuck in my head for two months. Expand
  3. JasonL
    May 6, 2007
    7
    I'm not sure if I can top the last review, but found this to be a great album. He stretched out into new directions and appreciated that he didn't try to remake I Sold Gold. You gotta see them play live. It adds another dimension that they have yet to capture on their albums. Expand
  4. NickP
    Mar 1, 2007
    6
    Was neither impressed nor disappointed. Listened through a couple of times and eventually deleted from my library permanently. Nothing Spectacular
  5. BodegaN
    Apr 10, 2007
    0
    If this band was starving to death, I wouldn't even sh!t in their mouths. Proves just how bad music can get when it hides behind "indie" aesthetics. Expand