Source Tags & Codes - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
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  • Summary: Following the critical success of their 1999 effort, 'Madonna,' the lengthily-named Austin, Texas indie band signed with Interscope and recorded this, their major-label debut.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Their finest record to date and the most blistering, blissful album to be released by anyone in years.
  2. 100
    Source Tags and Codes is phenomenal. It's one of those albums that starts the listener on a seeminlgly unsustainable high note, and uses that as a launching point.
  3. What makes "Source Tags & Codes" such an amazing album is how the band teeters on the edge of this implosion but always yanks its songs back from collapse at the very last second.
  4. The group plays imaginative alt-rock with intense passion, and Source Tags & Codes lets the pressure build exquisitely.
  5. 'Source Tags And Codes' comes with an albatross-like weight of expectation round its skinny neck - yet happily, it's supported by a band who have grown to match it.
  6. 80
    Another assault of angular, Sonic Youth-style guitar and earnest anger that's more leftfield than most punk, and more engaging than many of their post-rock peers. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.110]
  7. ...Trail of Dead have reached a point where the need for convention outweighs the joy of using guitars as weapons. [Feb 2002, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. SusanH.
    Mar 6, 2002
    10
    Revolutionary, powerful, dangerous, a breath of something new, rock-n-roll's last exhilarating lunge... or it's next great lunch.
  2. ALex
    May 16, 2002
    10
    This is a really good album.. It's one of those albums that surprises you... it gets better every time you listen to it.
  3. MikeF.
    Sep 17, 2002
    10
    very very good
  4. SeamusS
    Mar 27, 2006
    10
    Near Perfect A Masterpiece of this time
  5. DudeLOVE
    Nov 21, 2006
    10
    This album is phenomelajgag.wgr. love it.
  6. brody
    Dec 18, 2002
    9
    great album. it holds together surpisingly well as an entire album rather than just a collection of songs. deftinitely better than i expected.
  7. MarkC
    Dec 21, 2002
    0
    Hi, this is the worst crap of all time.

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