Ruminant Band - Fruit Bats
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  • Summary: Eric Johnson returns to the indie rock band for its fourth album after having worked with The Shins and Vetiver.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The fourth and best-by-a-mile folk-rock album from sometime Shin Eric Johnson and his cud-chewing sidemen is a message to the freak-folk from "a broke-legged paint in a herd full of unicorns."
  2. The album's affinity for traditional hooks, mixed with Johnson's ability to depart from the traditional makes this album one of the Fruit Bats most listenable and enjoyable.
  3. Stripped of reference points, The Ruminant Band is an uncomplicated, easygoing success that suggests Johnson shouldn't get too busy to give Fruit Bats due attention.
  4. 74
    The tunes are still catchy, head-bobbing and toe-tapping, a kind of summer soundtrack that brightens your mood even if it doesn't quite make you smile, and sometimes that's all an album needs to be. [Summer 2009, p.103]
  5. All this means that Fruit Bats, like their contemporaries, could unfortunately be passed over due to sheer familiarity. That'd be a shame, because The Ruminant Band only gets more rewarding as it settles in.
  6. The Ruminant Band is generally a happy affair, though, and cameo appearances by Califone's Tim Rutili and Jim Becker help chart the Fruit Bats' migration from bedroom side project to full-fledged band.
  7. 60
    Much of The Ruminant Band comes sunny side up. [Sep 2009, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. HelloH.
    Aug 11, 2009
    8
    This is definitely the best Fruit Bats record thus far. I have always thought they had some great tunes, but now I feel like it's full-blown.
  2. RyanS.
    Aug 15, 2009
    8
    Another good one from Fruit Bats.