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
  1. RosieM
    Jan 16, 2007
    10
    Love this cd ! I listen while I'm crusin. Can't wait for their new album.
  2. MaddyV
    Apr 26, 2005
    10
    I have an ear for recognizing great music and these guys have definitely what it takes. Love their sound, and can't wait to hear more!
  3. OmarH
    Mar 18, 2005
    10
    I think this is a great album because they have a Ben Folds Five sound, with a touch of Gomez and the Lyrical content of stephan jenkins from Third eye blind...thats it, they are just cool man!!! Expand
  4. MorrisseyMorrissey
    Aug 19, 2005
    10
    It's just lovely, refreshing, non-pretentious catchy greatness. Listen to it!
  5. Taylor
    Mar 25, 2005
    9
    This whole "sounds like Spoon" thing is so tired - did everyone just steal Pitchfork's (lame) review idea? This record is awesome - "Price & Style" is my favorite, but I dig the dancier tracks, too. Anyone who doesn't check this record out because of stupid reviewers will regret it, seriously. Expand
  6. Hob
    Mar 3, 2005
    8
    Too many people are taking the piss out of ROHS for sounding similar to Spoon...they do indeed have a similar sound, but I don't think ROHS are ripping Spoon off-- Tree City is a great rock record that deserves better reviews. Expand
  7. BrittDaniel
    Mar 11, 2005
    0
    somebody stole my songbook. please return it to: 1242 6th St. Austin TX. reward is a two-album deal with Merge.

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