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  • Summary: 'Songs' (one of two April 2006 releases) is the former Television frontman's first vocal release in sixteen years. Television's Fred Smith guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 80
    The best tracks... are almost as good as Television's monumental Marquee Moon. [May 2006, p.100]
  2. Tom Verlaine has delivered yet another beautiful creation to us.
  3. Songs is the stronger effort, tight and focused where ['Around'] is sketchy. [#13, p.89]
  4. Those looking for "Marquee Moon"-style guitar heroics will be disappointed.
  5. It doesn't seem the product of so revered an artist. [29 Apr 2006, p.37]
  6. Most of the 14 songs work as moments or hooks rather than as complete creations, suggesting the Verlaine coffee commercial may yet be upon us.
  7. Fans of Verlaine's Television-era storytelling will be disappointed to hear him so simultaneously unchanged and unforthcoming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. CHARLESM
    May 16, 2006
    8
    A. C.D. that repays repeated listening, some times irritating, occasionally sloppy but never boring. A welcome return from near oblivion for one of musics few originals. And nice to hear Tom looking for new sounds, moving forward, away from Marquee Moon, and Foxhole and Words from the Front and Call Mr Lee and into the more thoughtful, paced territory of a man in late middle age. I sure hope that he lives up to his promise to continue recording now that he has picked up on his career and that he makes some money out of it this time around Expand