Tree City - Robbers On High Street
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  • Summary: This debut LP for the New York quartet has drawn numerous comparisons to Spoon.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Perhaps Tree City is best enjoyed when it is stripped of the weight of its influences, and consumed as it is because, well, these fellas do rock with an attitude all their own.
  2. Filled with zesty pop confections, sing along choruses, and plenty of attitude.
  3. The infectious melodies and wealth of diminished seventh chords on the Robbers' debut, Tree City, almost play like Maroon 5 for kids too cool to be seen with Songs About Jane.
  4. Fans of Elvis Costello's Armed Forces will appreciate the manic pop, but shouldn't expect the same lyrical wallop. [#8, p.107]
  5. The production seems a bit slick, as if the group was going for some Interpol-type success, while the songs would perhaps be better served at a studio like Easley in Memphis.
  6. Most of Tree City sounds lifted from Britt Daniel's songbook. By that, I don't mean it sounds somewhat like it. I mean, it sounds like they stole the tapes from Britt's house and scribbled their name over his.
  7. For all their songcraft, Robbers haven't yet filched enough ideas to fill an album. [10 Mar 2005, p.115]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16