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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the Brooklyn, New York band now includes Ryan Sawyer as its full-time drummer.
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  1. A rare mix of intimacy and experimentalism, Too Old to Die Young will resonate with indie rock fans who know what that album title really means.
  2. 74
    Tall Firs are becoming a bit anthemic; stand up and salute. [Winter 2008, p.94]
  3. It's definitely worth checking out if you're into noisy, low-key rock and inventive guitar work.
  4. In spite of its blatant Sonic Youth biting--which is actually kind of refreshing--there are a lot of gorgeous and even heart-stopping moments on Too Old To Die Young. It's just a shame so few of its strengths can figure out how to work together.
  5. In all Too Old To Die Young could be listened to in 20 years and it wouldn’t sound a day older, but it is unlikely to warrant interest past the first weeks of purchase.
  6. 60
    They can do dreamy folk, they can also violently attack their guitars, but best of all is the opening track, 'So Messed Up,' a Neil Young-inspired ballad where the guitars rumble and flicker oiver Ryan Sawyer's Keith Moon-style perpetual drum solo. [May 2008, p.111]
  7. Now, uneven or not, the songs seem to breathe on their own, benefiting from a shot of rhythm and a healthy sweat.

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  1. PaulS.
    Sep 2, 2008
    I liked this from the start and still do, several months on. Tall Firs deserve more attention than they get and this album promises good things to come. Expand