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  • Summary: The debut album for the rock band led by Michael Benjamin Lerner was produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla.
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  1. This album, with all its unmoored, frenetic energy, is a fantastic pop album, even if it doesn't posit anything new.
  2. His debut, produced by fellow Seattleite Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, projects an offhanded air, yet each song is precisely put together, and the whole thing speeds by in just over half an hour.
  3. In its entirety the album is a great debut, toe-tapping and catchy with just the right blend of familiarity and individuality, and it should send a message to new bands: Simplicity is key.
  4. Simply put: an album stuffed with great, joyful songs.
  5. The album brims with quick 'from the gut' compositions that have been uncomplicatedly produced using simple instrumentation.
  6. There is nothing original or novel about Telekinesis' music, but somewhat counterintuitively, its by-the-books professionalism is what makes it so effective.
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    Lerner's voice--pale and uninteresting, rather than poinant--allow his songs to sag. [Sep 2009, p.96]

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  1. Sep 11, 2010
    Horrible! I saw them last night at a show in DC and they were absolutely awful. The only talent I can detect is in their high maintenanceHorrible! I saw them last night at a show in DC and they were absolutely awful. The only talent I can detect is in their high maintenance coiffures as they bob their heads very enthusiastically to every one of their songs, sometimes in unison, so that's a skill. I just kept thinking the only time I should have to hear music like this is if I'm watching a bad teen movie, there's a prom scene, and this band comes on making you remember how individuality, talent and creativity aren't qualities esteemed very highly in highschool and thank God that's over with. I can't believe the guitarist from Death Cab had anything to do with this frat boy monstrosity. Collapse