Roots & Crowns - Califone
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  • Summary: Tim Rutili & co. reunite with producer Brian Deck for another moody, experimental take on American roots rock.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
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  1. Califone has worked, skillfully, with all of these styles and sounds before, but they’ve never left the table with a more realized, delicate treatment.
  2. Califone are continuing the progressive refinement of their roots, giving an assured argument for the possibilities ignored by folk musicians enslaved to tradition and a smart recall to all the forward-thinking others who have moved too completely and arrogantly on.
  3. Even at its most pieced-together and deconstructed, Califone's music feels organic.
  4. Building from the past to reinvent the future, they created something wholly remarkable for the here and now. [#15]
  5. At times much like a soundtrack to life’s sombre and reflective moments, Roots And Crowns’ clutter-free design is a nice reminder that good music needs no window dressing.
  6. There's not a single song that's captivating enough to hold our attention. [Dec 2006, p.188]

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  1. tl
    Dec 10, 2006
    Where does Alternative Press get off giving Roots & Crowns a 4/10? Then, they go and give the most recent Ben Kweller CD a 10/10 (nothing personal, Ben). Jesus! What a bunch of idiots! How mainstream do you have to be before you're not allowed to use "Alternative" in your title? Expand
  2. HighHat
    Oct 11, 2006
    Probably their best yet.
  3. ToddW
    Oct 12, 2006
    I empathize with bands like Califone. They play my favorite genre of music; they're incredibly talented; their songs are a cornucopia of sound and substance, and the music the play is like sunshine after a storm - all bright and welcome. Unfortunately, for all of these reasons their latest album will languish in the folk rock sections of your dying independent record stores, selling about as well as the hoary retreads in the used bins. FYE? Are you Coconuts? There is simply no place in the Sewerstream for bands like Califone. There's no visions of sweaty T&A in their songs and they don't advocate beating up women with (c)rap lyrics. Their sound is of the Earth, not the glossy pseudo-country pop being foisted upon us by the likes of no-wits Alan Jackson or Toby Keith, both of whom have never met a crisis they couldn't exploit. Expand
  4. paul
    Nov 27, 2006
    i whole heartedly agree with tristram - this band is taking americana to places wilco only wishes it could. i think the main thing missed by critics is that this record isn't a "pop" record - it's a collage of the future of american music. gets better with every listen. within my top 3 easily. Expand
  5. FrankTheTank
    Dec 6, 2006
    I'm bias. Califone is one of my favorite bands and i think this album is incredible. Alternative Press better take their ritalin.
  6. chiefn
    Oct 11, 2006
    Pretty darn good, but I like Heron King Blues a tad better.
  7. Conchsound
    Oct 18, 2006
    Kind of a snooze. I still enjoy the fact that musicians like this are still out there with heart and attention in their music. I just don't understand why their melodies and inflections are everywhere but in their voices. Call me jaded. I'm just bored with boring singers. I'm guilty though, I have a short attention span. Expand

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