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  • Summary: This is Slint guitarist David Pajo's first solo LP under his own name (well, at least half of his own name).
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. Building on his unassuming alternative icon status, this great debut (under his own name) is sure to bring him that bit nearer to the awareness of the mainstream.
  2. The gravity and changing tides of this engaging self-titled effort help David Pajo warm up, if not transcend the post-rock tag.
  3. For a man who made his reputation deconstructing melody, Pajo comes across with some surprisingly winsome tunes on Pajo, drawn largely from the kind of late-'60s pastoral pop that his devotees might've dismissed derisively a decade ago.
  4. The tinny, noisey/flangey/hurtful sound that's shellacked on in cheap 16 bit hinders some of the best material he's written to date.
  5. While the self-imposed constraints limit the emotional power of songs like "Mary of the Wild Moor" and the hushed, fingerpicked "Manson Twins," it's a happy addition to Pajo's solid lo-fi repertoire.
  6. He continues his obsession with broken-hearted collages and interstellar folk music. [25 Jun 2005, p.64]
  7. This is about as close to ambient as a singer-songwriter can get without mixing himself out altogether.

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  1. jyotirmayad
    Sep 1, 2005
    10
    The best ambient music of today. Instinctively sure of itself yet decidedly 'unassuming.'
  2. WayneB
    Sep 30, 2005
    9
    Versatile, cohiesive work of beauty....ahhhhh.... if Elliott Smith had only relocated to Louisville instead of L.A. he might still be of this Versatile, cohiesive work of beauty....ahhhhh.... if Elliott Smith had only relocated to Louisville instead of L.A. he might still be of this soil and sounding like this. David Christian Pajo is to be commended for this 2005 masterpiece!!! Expand
  3. PaulN
    Sep 16, 2005
    5
    An album of slight promise which for the most part is unable to rise above, weighted by overly dominant production, beneath which songs of An album of slight promise which for the most part is unable to rise above, weighted by overly dominant production, beneath which songs of morbid mediocrity sit. Worthy of purchase, however, solely to sample the distant echo of Roman Candle era Elliott Smith on Expand