Three-Four - Shipping News
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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. The one thing that holds the whole record together stylistically, though, is that Shipping News play Very Serious Rock Music.
  3. 70
    Oddly absorbing and surprisingly cohesive. [Apr 2003, p.120]
  4. While there's nothing too stunning to be found on Three-Four, there's also nothing really sub-par.
  5. There is a fluid coherence to the project.
  6. 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.
  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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