Ruins - Talkdemonic
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  • Band members: Kevin O'Connor, Lisa Molinaro
  • Summary: The fourth album for the Portland duo of Lisa Molinaro and Kevin O'Connor is the first on Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse fame's label.
  • Record Label: Glacial Pace Recordings
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 24, 2011
    76
    Minor quibbles are easy to overlook on a record that is, the majority of the time, flawlessly executed.
  2. Oct 24, 2011
    70
    Ruins mostly sticks to compelling, pretty surfaces and leaves the demons in the background.
  3. 70
    As stirring as it is absorbing, Talkdemonic's music is an engaging set of blended fusion that is a solid step forward.
  4. Oct 24, 2011
    60
    The rock instruments--drums, keyboards and guitar--set the framework, but it's the chamber music instrument that blows the doors down.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    60
    With a few great epics, some nice ear candy, and an abundance of mood, they're serving up the usual like bartenders. [Oct 2011, p.108]
  6. Oct 24, 2011
    50
    Unfortunately, there's not much here to distinguish Ruins from the group's previous work, and too few of these compositions stick once the album is done.
  7. Jan 19, 2012
    50
    Although I prefer the rougher edges of earlier efforts, this is Talkdemonic's best mixed and most expansive record to date.

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