The Evens - The Evens
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  • Summary: This eponymous disc is the debut for the Washington D.C. duo of Dischord Records/Fugazi head Ian MacKaye and drummer Amy Farina (The Warmers).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Farina and MacKaye have created a delicate and beautiful masterpiece that transcends their punk and post-punk routes.
  2. The Evens’ self-titled debut does sound curiously like hardcoreless moments of The Argument polished and lengthened into full-fledged songs.
  3. The Evens positively brims with revelations, not least of which is the consistent effectiveness of MacKaye's singing voice.
  4. Pros: Farina is an excellent drummer and singer, and MacKaye hasn’t lost any of his righteous anger. Cons: with only two people you just can’t be viciously loud.
  5. It doesn't always work. But overall, The Evens is an engaging debut. [May 2005, p.121]
  6. They play slow, but it's slow in the way that Low once did, a sort of punk-rock rebellion against speed and belligerence.
  7. 12 tracks that are so feeble and lifeless, it's actually painful to put effort into reviewing them. [Jun 2005, p.160]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4