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  • Summary: This New York indie-rockers return with a follow-up to 2005's 'Collisions.'
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Much of Numbers feels melancholy-by-numbers, so melodies seem recycled, riffs feel tedious, and the emotional register dampens.
  2. Calla's sound continues to evolve as they explore divergent musical avenues within the context of potent, atmospheric alt-rock.
  3. For the most part, Calla has become an uncompromising version of themselves: melancholy, desperate, but above all, unable to break free.
  4. 70
    What gives [Strength In Numbers]... the sound of a band landing its proper second stride is the hiss and grind that churns docile compositions into studio-kissed wonders. [Mar 2007, p.97]
  5. If they want to match the intensity of the singer's emotional performance, the band needs to loosen things up a bit.
  6. Calla deal in that dark romantic narcissism guys like Nick Cave and Tom Waits are known to wallow in on record after record.
  7. 30
    Strength In Numbers makes you wonder if you ever really liked this band at all. [#75, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. claudioe
    Apr 24, 2007
    10
    great
  2. SimonT
    Feb 24, 2007
    9
    These guys are the kings of meloncholic rock and their latest installment is refreshing. As if all their albums are stories of hurt, loss, trial & error and eventual self denigration this stuff is great for people with broken hearts or menden hearts who wish to look back and see where thay have come from. "...I put in all this effort..." Not too depressing though and often quite inspirational, Calla pull this new album off with riffs that stick in your mind for days and days and days and days...well worth checking them out. Expand
  3. TimS
    Mar 22, 2007
    9
    Easily their most consistent album to date. It combines the best elements from their previous four albums. Strength In Numbers is my favorite album released so far in 2007. Expand