The Autumn Defense - The Autumn Defense
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the side project of Wilco members Pat Sansone and John Stirratt.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. While The Autumn Defense lacks the deeper sense of purpose of a neo-soft-rock band like Midlake, the insinuating "This Will Fall Away" and the pristine "Simple Explanation" run deeper than homage.
  2. Stirrat and Sansone revisit the immaculate production of their previous work, but with greater cohesion and broader instrumentation.
  3. The album evokes the kind of warm starry-eyed sentiments that actually made soft rock work. [#16, p.90]
  4. The sound is still thoroughly Stirratt and Sansone; breezy melodies are everywhere, as well as winsome lyrics about life and love. It’s just that now the Autumn Defense are sounding more like the All Music Guide to Popular Music rather than just a folk duo in the vein of Simon and Garfunkel.
  5. 70
    Oh, what fey-but-fecund pleasures lurk in the grooves of the group's third full-length. [#74, p.91]
  6. There's a musical landscape between Simon & Garfunkel and Devendra Banhart begging to be found in the here and now, and the Autumn Defense has settled in, sentimentality and all.
  7. A showcase for some undervalued compositional chops.

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  1. BradleyS
    Mar 29, 2007
    10
    This is quite honestly the very BEST record I have heard in nearly 15 years. I don't remember the last time I felt this way about an album. Utter brilliance. Feel You Now would have have a top 5 hit 30 years ago. What a shame the masses will never hear, what will probably be the best album of the year. If you read this, rest assured, you will not be disappointed in the Autumn Defense!!! Expand
  2. Pendepomo
    Apr 9, 2007
    9
    it's very calm, and some times get too monotonus, but i just can't give it a bad rateing, i mean it's a part of wilco that we can't hear in another place Expand