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  • Summary: The latest album for the Brooklyn, New York band is the first with new drummer Joe Wong and guitarist Sarah Lipstate.
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  1. Receivers finds the band slowing down the tempo and more fully exploring the textures and nuances of its dense, multi-layered soundscapes.
  2. This semi-collective sound-making only adds to the expansiveness of the band’s gestures.
  3. An open-minded rock record that relies on a wide array of familiar signifiers but never once sounds like it could have been recorded or released any earlier than it was.
  4. The addition of Sarah Lipstate on guitar and tape clearly allowed for greater compositional freedom.
  5. Melodies and vocals claim the foreground unchallenged, in major-key melodies that can sometimes chime like U2; the noise is still there, but it has moved to the fringes, as a stimulant and irritant rather than a barrier.
  6. Turn this one need up loud to fully appreciate it--it's hardly bedtime listening--but you might want to have a little sit down and gather your thoughts after listening to it through for the first time and then listen to it again.
  7. Mojo
    On opener 'Satellites,' with Neu!-like locomotion, big guitars and electronics, and melodic twists, they trump their better-known neighbours. [Dec 2008, p.111]

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  1. jeffersonh.
    Nov 1, 2008
    Best punk record of 2008.