Shadows Of The Waxwings

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  • Summary: This is the second album for the 60s-style rock quartet from Detroit.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Alternative Press
    Successfully blends the Detroit and California states of mind, with energetic indie-rock tunes that coo as much as they crow. [Sep 2002, p.96]
  2. Lacking the full-on roar of Motor City compatriots like the White Stripes and the Go, the 'Wings employ a more classic pop-oriented approach to their songcraft, resulting in songs that replace the aforementioned groups' immediacy and vigor with simple restraint and cultivated sophistication.
  3. It augments the band's traditional pop sound with string arrangements and baroque instrumentation, to varying degrees of success.
  4. Magnet
    Many of the songs meander, and the constant back-to-the-'60s vibe loses its charm. [#55, p.94]
  5. It's evident the Waxwings wanted a heavier, darker sound this time out, and even though several tracks are embellished with cello, violin, and horns, most of Shadows fails due to a murky, muddled production and mix, not to mention an uninspired track sequencing.