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  • Summary: Mixing post-rock and emo with punk edigness and experimentalism, Chicago's Joan of Arc features members of the Owls and Cap'n Jazz, including Owls vocalist Tim Kinsella. On this fourth album, they are also joined by members of Califone, Isotope 217, and Ugly Casanova, among others.
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  1. An ambitious and artful set of songs.
  2. It's hardly the pop album the liner notes indicate, but it's sweetly spellbinding, slouching toward another corner of the underground. [Mar 2003, p.92]
  3. If you didn't like Joan Of Arc, this album still might not win you over, but it definitely strays away from the sheer oddness of their last couple releases.
  4. A welcome return to somewhat traditional songwriting.
  5. Whether you find Kinsella's brand of experimental pop insufferably pretentious or delightfully challenging (I find it a bit of both), you have to give the man credit for his vision.
  6. A mellow, slightly sub-decent album delivered at the wrong time.

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  1. BrandonS.
    Oct 24, 2003
    9
    Good CD.

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