• Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: May 24, 2011
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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Jun 23, 2011
    4
    David Bazan has always walked the line of minimalism. There was a stripped down beauty to the old Pedro the Lion songs. There are sparks of what used to be here and there with Strange Negotiations but I feel like each new album he releases is further from capturing that simplified genius. What's left just puts me to sleep.
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72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Dec 9, 2011
    70
    Losing his religion doesn't mean he's lost his gift for indie rock songwriting, though, and fans who're willing to indulge Bazan's soul-searching will find Strange Negotiations similar to Pedro the Lion's catalog, with a familiar mix of minor-key starkness and lush, guitar-fueled rock songs.
  2. Under The Radar
    Jun 8, 2011
    60
    It's these quiet moments that demonstrate what the Seattle-based musician does best--paint a specific picture with words that put you inside his memories and minimalist melodies that tie them all together. [May 2011, p.76]
  3. Jun 8, 2011
    75
    David Bazan's music used to be described as having crossover appeal, but he was the one who ultimately crossed over. Fortunately for fans, he's a more vital source of righteous anger now than he ever was as a believer.