Treble & Tremble - Earlimart

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Espinoza opts for cheap sentiment beneath layers of grandiose atmospherics.
  2. It would seem that Earlimart have elected to frequently and blatantly mimic their spaced-out friends Grandaddy... and--to a lesser extent--the tightly wound apartment-rock of The Postal Service and Plus/Minus. [#7]
  3. Precious, effete and insubstantial.
  4. [Espinoza] takes the predictably disappointing low road through fanboyville with cruise-controlled caricatures of one of indie rock’s most deified stars.
  5. Treble and Tremble showcases a full array of old-school remedies, from inventive mic'ing and overdubbing to brutal filters and bullhorn distortion a la Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. If Espinoza sang any better than he does, he'd probably be bored in the studio.
  6. Some moments are upbeat indie pop, but most of this is dreamy despite its slightly gloomy textures.
  7. A disarmingly beautiful album.
  8. The style is, in fact, so far from themselves and close to Smith that I'm going to assume this is a one-off mourning effort. If it is, it's worthwhile for anyone moved by Smith's death; but if they make another, it'd be extremely blasphemous.
  9. Sweet and insubstantial. [Nov 2004, p.140]
  10. Espinoza's melodies evaporate in a way Smith's never did. [9 Dec 2004, p.180]
  11. Most of Treble & Tremble is about [Smith], making its early-morning melancholy and simple request to "take care of your heart" nothing short of gut-wrenching. [1 Oct 2004, p.74]
  12. One of the best and most moving albums of the year.
  13. Frontman Aaron Espinoza digs deep into the crevice of his broken heart and pulls out arguably his finest batch of songs.
  14. For an artist who continues to mature and expand, Treble & Tremble may not be his magnum opus, but it is a delightful indie-pop album.
  15. It’s safe, unobtrusive, and ubiquitously “indie”, if well produced and memorably melodic, at times.

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