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  • Summary: This disc compiles tracks from three previously-released EPs by the indie rock trio, who originally got their start composing music for NPR's "This American Life." Also included are three brand-new tracks.
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  1. A unified set of shadows, isolated hurt laid out in fine rainy-day garage-demo psychedelia.
  2. Uncut
    Oddly absorbing and surprisingly cohesive. [Apr 2003, p.120]
  3. The one thing that holds the whole record together stylistically, though, is that Shipping News play Very Serious Rock Music.
  4. Flirting dangerously with the overly cerebral, the Shipping News somehow manage to isolate (at least a part of) the traumatized heart of enough of these songs to make this collection worthwhile.
  5. Q Magazine
    There is a fluid coherence to the project.
  6. There is a successful degree of experimentation on the songs that is not only tolerable but helpful for an act to constantly remain on top of its game and be relevant with fans.
  7. 40
    If the listener is patient, and wades through over an hour of mediocrity, there is brightness at the end of the tunnel.

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