Strange Land

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  • Band members: Michael Tapper, Jon Natchez
  • Summary: Yellow Ostrich began as a solo project for Alex Schaaf, but for his third album, the band has expanded to become a trio.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. Mar 8, 2012
    While this might indeed be a coming-of-age record, it's very clear that this is an acknowledging age and existence experience.
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    That old-fashioned indie-rock ethos of baring it all and hoping for liberation's kickback – they don't make 'em like this anymore.
  3. Mar 19, 2012
    As a band, Yellow Ostrich is in its infancy, and it's forgiveable that they haven't quite found the best way to show their hand both as a unit and as separate entities at this stage.
  4. May 2, 2012
    What Schaff's everyloner routine lacks in subtlety, it makes up in a certain fraught, occasionally uncomfortable relatability.
  5. Mar 13, 2012
    Strange Land successfully adapts Yellow Ostrich's sound to match its members' considerable capabilities. Now Schaaf just has to adapt his songwriting.
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    Apr 6, 2012
    On "Wear Suits," the trio reveals it can pull off the measured uptown elegance of The Blue Nile, but otherwise, singer/guitarist Alex Schaff delights in scribbling over his songs, as his boyish vocals vacillate between preciousness and brattiness. [May 2012, p.84]
  7. 50
    Yellow Ostrich teeters on the thin line between self-indulgent and meditative on Strange Land.

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  1. Mar 31, 2012
    Minimalist indie rock drawing from folk and alternative, are the components from album by Yellow Ostrich - "Strange Land". An excellentMinimalist indie rock drawing from folk and alternative, are the components from album by Yellow Ostrich - "Strange Land". An excellent example of the style presented on the disc is the first track "Elephant King". Next, we have only small deviations from it, such as post-punk "The Shakedown", or lethargic, "I Got No Time For You". Expand