The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night Image
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  • Summary: Jesse Lortz recorded this album in Washington state with his friends in a secluded cabin.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Guitars jangle, piano keys ripple like they've been recorded from a jaunty saloon session while vocals harmonise and lift the spirit of everything around.
  2. Sep 15, 2011
    75
    Lortz obviously has a thing or two about women to get off his chest, and he does it with quiet but intense desperation.
  3. Sep 15, 2011
    73
    The Night is a record uncomfortable with all the trappings of the corporeal world--time, words, its own skin--and occasionally, improbably, it actually breaks free of them all.
  4. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    Walking that line, between confession and over-sharing, is tough to do, and though Lortz sometimes spills into the latter, it's his willingness to delve into wounds here, rather than coat them with easy sentiments, that makes this record resonate.
  5. Sep 15, 2011
    70
    If The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night came out in a year when it seemed like there were even more sensitive folkie records than ever before, it also succeeds more than most of its contemporaries by virtue of its differing reference points.
  6. Sep 15, 2011
    60
    With Lortz's new project, sans the Dutchess, the styling is more psychedelic folk.
  7. Sep 15, 2011
    30
    here isn't enough variation on here to retain its limited intrigue, as Lortz relies too much on his consistently unremarkable songwriting; ultimately, it's a forgettable record.

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