The Broken String - Bishop Allen
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  • Summary: After releasing an EP every month for a year in 2006, the Brooklyn-based band returns with a full-length album.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It never feels like those doing the picking had to lower the standards or tack things on to fill out a weak selection, and like a greatest hits album from any band worth its salt, the biggest criticism to be found here is the failure to include certain songs.
  2. Although the new parts of their "new" album aren't the best, the band certainly deserves some praise and attention for the marathon of 2006. The Broken String will be noticed by at least a few people.
  3. It really is great, striding confidently from one high point to the next, with expansive yet homemade-sounding folk-rock songs.
  4. The result bounces all over the place, from zippy new-wave rave-ups to tinkly twee-pop lullabies to handsome folk-rock jams with trippy guitar sounds.
  5. While managing to side-step both preciousness and predictability, The Broken String pulls together the long-anticipated and full-fledged follow-up that fans deserve, at the same time aptly defining where Bishop Allen is now: all over the map.
  6. The Broken String ups the ante considerably, reworking ten songs from the EP cycle and two new cuts into lustrous indie pop notable for its versatility, clever lyrics, and offbeat instrumentation.
  7. Longer listeners will be impressed with the band’s evolution but will inevitably be let down with the lack of charm in these new recordings as opposed to their looser demo cuts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. PaulF
    Aug 15, 2007
    I love this band. Great lyrics, catchy hooks not a filler track on the album.
  2. christianP
    Aug 5, 2007
    The majority of this album is stunning and exciting. There are just a few too many lulls. Very promising. It seems to me that Bishop Allen and Voxtrot will be duking it out for years to come. Expand