Privilege - Parenthetical Girls
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  • Summary: The Portland, Oregon-based experimental pop band releases a full-length album of 12 tracks selected from its five Privilege EPs.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. Feb 25, 2013
    87
    Privilege (Abridged) takes on immediately recognizable appearances, but Pennington doesn’t just walk through each number; he partners with them, parading the words and music in and out of dynamic perspective.
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    80
    For those unfamiliar with Parenthetical Girls, it could be the perfect introduction to their fascinating music.
  3. 80
    Gone is the orchestration of 2008’s ‘Entanglements’, though the melodrama of the Portland band’s baroque pop remains.
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    70
    There are more standalone tracks here, ones with memorable melodies and sing-along choruses coexisting with the band’s fatalistic lyrics and jarring instrumental twists.
  5. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    It's full of wonderfully written lines, often intimate, sincere and grotesque, and sometimes weirdly anglophile.
  6. Feb 28, 2013
    65
    Privilege is an assured, musically accomplished work, but all the aesthetic homework Pennington’s done to refine his persona is still visible, pointing directly back to the influences and forebears he’s inspired by.
  7. 60
    A mix of danceable synth grooves, lo-fi Norman Greenbaum guitar throwbacks, and Baroque pop.

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