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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. Flashes of the energy and precision JOA exhibit in the live forum are, arguably for the first time, perfectly realized here.
  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. An ambitious and artful set of songs.
  4. 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.
  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. The result is a grand step back into listenability.
  7. 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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