Pixel Revolt - John Vanderslice
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  • Summary: Vanderslice continues his album-a-year pace (despite also serving as a producer on numerous indie-rock albums) with this typically literate and well-produced fifth disc, which was recorded with the help of The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. It fully merits high praise as both the best work of Vanderslice's career and easily one of the best albums of what has been a refreshingly strong year for music.
  2. Pixel Revolt is the sound of a man trying to come to grips with the larger questions--the "why?" questions--and, if nothing else, the sheer attempt makes this an essential album for our troubled times.
  3. 80
    In some ways, shedding the epic storytelling has given Vanderslice a more universal appeal. [#69, p.111]
  4. In the end, I am hesitant to say that this is Vanderslice's best album; however, it is undoubtedly his most rewarding. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time with it.
  5. 70
    What keeps the songs interesting isn't his understated singing but his delectable arrangements. [Sep 2005, p.138]
  6. The production is crisp and idiosyncratic as usual, but many of the songs fade into the background.
  7. More often than not his approach feels too clinical to really engage. [Apr 2006, p.120]

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  1. JustinJ
    Dec 22, 2005
    9
    Demanding lyrics coupled with top notch production quality lead to one of the best albums of the year in my book. Vanderslice's site reveals the story behind many of the songs as well as production notes for the record. Expand
  2. JohnV.
    Sep 7, 2005
    9
    One of the best solo albums ive heard in a long time recommended
  3. alixs
    Mar 12, 2007
    8
    John Vanderslice is sassy.