Spelled In Bones - Fruit Bats
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  • Summary: The Chicago band led by Eric Johnson (sometimes of Califone) returns with a third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Saying that the man knows his way around a hook is an understatement: he throws hooks around like an incandescent bulb does photons.
  2. Spelled in Bones digs further into Johnson's fondness for '70s songsmiths and production. Gone are Mouthfuls producer Brian Deck's glassy casements and miles of space, replaced here by a sound more rooted and wood-grained.
  3. 80
    Lovely. [Oct 2005, p.114]
  4. Mellow and breezy, Spelled in Bones has “summer record” written all over it, with its warm, gentle pop melodies that would make Paul McCartney proud.
  5. If you're willing to forgive a little lack of innovation and the subtle feeling that Spelled In Bones might be a little more mellow than it ought to be, there's one hell of a nice listen in this record.
  6. Spelled in Bones, their most polished effort, teeters near soporific. And that's a shame, because it houses some of the band's best songs.
  7. Second-rate Shins. [Aug 2005, p.164]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. funkink
    Apr 16, 2006
    I don't think its quite as good as previous albums, but after seeing them live I can't not love it.
  2. Dale
    Sep 27, 2005
    The perfection of this CD is unvailed the more one listens to it. Saw their live on-stage performance which cemented my rating.
  3. CaslaL
    Jul 27, 2005
    Hey people....a must have! More poppie than predecesors, equal charming!
  4. OttoZ
    Sep 28, 2006
    Fun, lively, interesting.
  5. Drub
    Aug 4, 2005
    I Love it great album
  6. BrianH
    Sep 18, 2005
    Great record. Very epic. Wish it was longer. Some songs have a little cheese at the beginning they beef out into a great track. Get their first 2 records. Plus search out the Vinyl only release. great sound. These guys should tour with Bob Dylan Expand