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  • Summary: The Chicago band's third album marks their Matador debut. John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr.) produces.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Three records into their career, The Ponys still sound like a really young band. And I can't be more complimentary than that.
  2. Turn the Lights Out is the most mature and technically accomplished album the Ponys have made to date, but it doesn't lack the excitement and edge of the fine music that preceded it.
  3. It's a pounding alt-rock dynamo with its head sunk in Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr rarities.
  4. 70
    John Agnello's knob-twiddling is spot-on. [Mar 2007, p.98]
  5. Maturity has doomed too many bands to mention over the years, but this ain't one.
  6. The Ponys are the band Black Rebel Motorcycle tried so desperately hard to be.
  7. [The album] s clogged with reverb-choked guitar riffs too woozy to propel the garage rock they ought to carry.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. BeauN
    Mar 21, 2007
    The Pony's have once again released another great album which the general public will ignore completely. In a way I'm kind of glad. After all they're my band, not yours. Expand
  2. EthanS
    Mar 19, 2007
    The Ponys have released the most exciting, consistent punk album of the year, and have transcended their influences to create a unique sound putting them with the Smashings Pumpkins and the Big Black among Chicago's alt-rock greats Expand
  3. JonViaChicago
    Mar 23, 2007
    This is a really strong return to form after the slightly disappointing Celebration Castle. I have to admit that I still do miss Ian's contributions, but this still stands as a great album. Am I the only one that gets a recent-ish Sonic Youth vibe on a couple of these tracks? Expand
  4. SamH
    Mar 29, 2007
    This is a good record, but they need to progress their sound a little more. The raw guitar static was sweet and fresh on their debut, but The Ponys have yet to do anything far out of the ordinary. But, these are still some damn good songs, especially "Double Vision" and the last track, which rocks harder than most people should be allowed!!! Expand