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  • Summary: This is the second LP for the Chicago-based avant-pop outfit.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
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  1. This mixture of clattering, ramshackle arrangements and smartly put-together tunes... is an intriguing new direction for a band that previously seemed more interested in artsy, diffident post-rock.
  2. 80
    It's both so clever and so very charming. [Nov 2006, p.114]
  3. It's nothing short of their highest point to date. [Nov 2006, p.188]
  4. Harness doesn't deliver many surprises or follow through on the promise of the debut; it simply refines the sounds they explored and digs its heels in a little deeper.
  5. The overall effect is some formidable, quirky inde-rock.
  6. There’s really no good reason to seek this out if you already own the... debut album.
  7. It’s not that this album had to be catchy. But when an uninventive melody is rehashed ten times to the point that you wonder whether literal keys and strings are missing from the band’s instruments, what you get is a diffusion line of a product that wasn’t even selling well in the first place.

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