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  • Summary: This is the third album for the indie rock outfit led by Armistead Burwell Smith IV (formerly of 3 Mile Pilot) and Rob Crow.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Summer in Abaddon delivers an all-inclusive perfection that sets it apart from any other record this year.
  2. Combining dramatic, ethereal pop vocals with moody guitar and piano theatrics, Summer in Abaddon recalls a tighter, smoothed-out Built to Spill, or maybe a Dismemberment Plan reunion.
  3. The stuff of jagged, ornate artistes living in a weird pop monsterland with defiantly anti-wacky lyrics. [13 Nov 2004, p.57]
  4. Summer in Abaddon is an album of small, but hardly insignificant pleasures, and it may be Pinback's finest work yet.
  5. Falls a few yards short of essential listening.
  6. Pinback is among a select group of indie rock bands who excel at making incredibly nuanced pop music full of graceful layers the intrepid listener can delight in sorting out.
  7. 40
    For all their deft intricacies, they're somewhat characterless. [Dec 2004, p.140]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    Nevermind the mainstream, this music is too good to get ruined by overexposure. Pinback seemed to have achieved the impossible: a truly indie record with masterful studio production; terrific musicianship that keep it loose; lyrics are obscured and seldom rhyme; cryptic yet memorable songs that are impossible to get out of your head; crisp and immediate playing; and enigmatic atmospheres. This is long-term listening, each song growing on you over time. Quite simply this or recent LCD SoundSystem will remind you or let you experience how engaging early albums by REM or U2 were, back when alternative was really, truly alternative. Expand
  2. BrianC
    Sep 3, 2006
    I love this album much for the same reasons that I loved last year's "Transatlanticism". Pinback undertakes the rare goal of making a real album with a unified theme, encapsulated uncompromisingly in each song. So while each song is individually a gem of dreamlike proportions - they coexist better as a whole. For lazy days of summer, there is no better album than Pinback's offering, and in my opinion, no better album in 2004. My rating: 9.5/10 --> rounds up. Expand
  3. TrekD
    Mar 3, 2007
    One of the best albums of it's kind.
  4. BernK
    Jan 11, 2005
    This album definatly reveals more of itself upon multiple listens. Really infectious, really f'n good.
  5. DMac
    Mar 3, 2007
    Best album of 04
  6. JosephM
    Dec 30, 2005
    There are occasional problems with enunciation that keep the lyrics from having truly great value (until you look them up), but the sound of the band itself, in particular the instruments coming together with such a harmony that Pinback has, is amazing. Pinback is one of the greatest bands of all times, and this cd is the final, ultimate culmination of their abilities. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Nov 29, 2004
    hmm it's not the best i have heard. It's not even close. It actually is very terrible.

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