The Loon - Tapes 'n Tapes
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  • Summary: The Minneapolis band's debut full-length has drawn comparisons to Pavement.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. The Loon will stand up as one of the best albums of the year, and Tapes 'n Tapes as a jewel in the American music crown.
  2. The first must-listen record of the year.
  3. The Loon excites with twisty guitar tangents, an airtight country two-step, and commanding choruses that Grier belts out with the fervor of a preacher. [28 Jul 2006, p.67]
  4. The Loon is an exercise in heavy-lidded ballsiness.
  5. The Loon is a rare thing: an indie-rock record that's as lovable as it is bewildering.
  6. To be fair, "The Loon" stops short of pastiche, but it is too transparently a paean to Tape 'n Tapes' heroes.
  7. They want to be every band to every bloke, shuffling between genres in an effort to jack all and master nada.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 36
  2. Negative: 4 out of 36
  1. JeffS
    May 3, 2006
    10
    An incredible album which takes diverse influences and emulsifies them into catchy, relexive pop-rock songs. Can't stop saying enough good things about this album. Clear pavement influence is not "ripping off"... not when it all sounds this fresh. Malkmus only wishes his tunes were this good at this point. Expand
  2. Gonzo
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    This album is breathstealing!Fantastic riffs,melodies and a lots of energy...
  3. Marc
    Mar 31, 2008
    10
    This is just really, really good. Pure and simple.
  4. DaveB
    May 17, 2006
    9
    Original, energetic album that really sticks with you after a couple listens. The sequencing, style and dynamic changes really make this a great album to listen to straight through, yet each song stands up well on its own. Simply put, as the DOA reviewer stated, "You will not be able to tear yourself away from this album." Expand
  5. romanmc
    May 5, 2006
    8
    It's kind of amusing that someone would call these guys out for ripping off certain bands when he's ripping off certain critics who've already made the Pavement and Pixies connections. Just listen to it and forget what you may have read by some critic. TnT's approach is novel and not anymore derivative than 99% of the music out there. "Manitoba," "Just Dreams" and "Transistor" are awesome. Some of the rest of it is...eh...but those three tracks make it worth the effort. Expand
  6. JustinD
    Sep 5, 2006
    6
    Decent. Kind of fun to listen to. But grossly overrated and overhyped and not really that great. I've lived in the Twin CIties my whole life so I feel some hometown obligation to love and push this record but I can't do it. Too much of a rip off. Most of them aren't even from here anyways ;) Expand
  7. jason
    Apr 28, 2006
    0
    given their wholesale ripping off of pavement, with much credit also being due the pixies, this band offers nothing unique. move along; nothing new to hear here. Expand

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