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  • Summary: The two-disc release from San Francisco-based Joe Knight includes a 13-plus minute track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 2, 2011
    80
    Pan Am Stories is an early masterpiece for Knight, an ambitious photographic travelogue constructed out of the raw materials of bedroom psych-pop.
  2. Jan 31, 2012
    80
    It stretches out the crashed edits of 20120's Suburban Tours, to something more diffuse and soulful. [Feb 2012, p.97]
  3. The fact that this doesn't sound like a solo project at all is a testament to the success of its expansive vision.
  4. Dec 6, 2011
    70
    It works best when blended with his more adventurous tendencies. [Nov 2011, p.64]
  5. Dec 2, 2011
    62
    What makes Pan Am Stories worth returning to is the scope Knight works within, where elements of prog, folk, and psychedelia blur in and out of focus.
  6. 60
    There aren't as many powerful moments as on, say, a Ducktails record, but fans of that sound will find more to love here.