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  • Summary: The latest release from Chicago band led by Tim Kinsella was created for an an experimental theater’s interpretation of the works of the poet Charles Reznikoff.
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  • Record Label: Polyvinyl
  • Genre(s): Emo, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock
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  1. Aug 5, 2013
    Perhaps the most tightly performed Joan of Arc material, Testimonium Songs feels less like a proper album and more like a sidebar, deeply aligned with the harsh tones of Reznikoff's bleak poems.
  2. 60
    An intriguing if uniquely disjointed experiment, and one that likely benefits quite a bit from familiarity with Charles Reznikoff’s work or seeing its theatrical accompaniment.
  3. 60
    Taken alone, these six tracks are fascinating enough from a conceptual standpoint, and listening to a band audibly restraining themselves is quite scintillating. But it's hard to shake the feeling that these pieces would likely have a significantly greater impact when connected with the entire Testimony performance.
  4. Magnet
    Aug 16, 2013
    "Does this make this more or less weird than what I've come to expect from JOA?" the answer is yes. [No. 101, p.56]
  5. Aug 5, 2013
    By the album’s end, there’s no definable takeaway aside from the fact that Testimonium Songs would have benefited from being a true Joan Of Arc record as opposed to a small piece of a larger puzzle.
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