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Universal acclaim- based on 27 Ratings

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  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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
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  1. It's quite a treat to hear the duo create such refreshingly original music with rock's "standard" instruments.
  2. Arguably their best record yet, a logical and accessible realization of a sound they've been developing for more than six years.
  3. While Summer in Abaddon features Pinbackā€™s by now trademarked sound and cryptic lyrics with a few nice developments, it falls victim to a sort of malaise of consistently indistinguishable mid-tempo rockers on the second half of an album that starts very strongly.