Treble & Tremble - Earlimart
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  • Summary: This fourth LP for the Los Angeles indie rockers were produced by Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy) and the band's own Aaron Espinoza. The album is dedicated to (and frequently about) the late Elliott Smith, who was Espinoza's neighbor.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 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]
  2. One of the best and most moving albums of the year.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. [Espinoza] takes the predictably disappointing low road through fanboyville with cruise-controlled caricatures of one of indie rock’s most deified stars.
  6. Sweet and insubstantial. [Nov 2004, p.140]
  7. Espinoza opts for cheap sentiment beneath layers of grandiose atmospherics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JayA
    Oct 4, 2004
    10
    This cd is beautiful and perfect. Under the Radar must have had their head up their collective ass.
  2. TonyF.
    Feb 2, 2005
    10
    Wonder... Amazing melodies!
  3. JohnC
    Feb 5, 2005
    9
    A wonderful, beautiful ode to Smith. This is a remarkable album, losing points only because at times it sounds to eerialy like Smith. Earlimart has got to be one of the up and coming bands that will continue to produce great albums. Expand
  4. JoshH
    Jul 22, 2005
    8
    Earlimart sounds like the bastard child of Air and Elliott Smith, with a couple of other influences thrown in. It's nothing particularly new or original, but worth listenting to nonetheless. Earlimart has a strong sense of melody that's worth sticking around for. Collapse
  5. Andy
    Aug 16, 2006
    4
    Can anyone say Elliott Smith rip-offs?