Upper Air - Bowerbirds
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  • Summary: This is the first album on the Dead Oceans imprint for the trio from Raleigh, North Carolina.
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  1. Upper Air is a comely album through and through, and certainly one of this year’s high-water marks for the acoustically inclined.
  2. 80
    Sparse backing, strings or a brimming organ interject occasionally, and enhance their combined voices on a brilliantly realised record. [Aug 2009, p.100]
  3. 78
    Here, every strain, key, and vocal is stirred up into a creaky, constanaut, clearly-defined symphony. [Summer 2009, p.98]
  4. A stronger verse/chorus foundation might make the songs more instantly accessible and easier to remember. But by making it easier to access, Bowerbirds might well be depriving listeners of the chance to make their own way, to wander in the desert a little even.
  5. Very, very few people have something clever to say and the musical ability to put it into song. That leaves us with ten pleasant songs about nothing much in particular, sung by vocalists of middling charisma.
  6. This record is like a pale version of their biggest fan in its shoe-shuffling awkwardness, and though each track sounds far too timid for single release, that is perhaps Upper Air's defining charm. [Aug 2009, p.103]
  7. The come off as Decemberists-light, and never find a spark. [Summer 2009, p.60]

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