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  • Summary: The sophomore album for the indie rock quartet from Minnesota was produced by Dave Fridmann.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. It's rare to pull off an album this succint and not invite boredom; it's even rarer if it fucking rocks. [May 2008, p.135]
  2. The album as a whole finds a strange homogeny, and Tapes 'N Tapes keep exploring hip, leaving everyone guessing as to whether they meant to make such a confusing outfit or the pieces were just on sale.
  3. Not everything is so distinctive, and there's some generic Modest Mouse/Arcade Fire indie histrionics. But the Tapes are finding their voice.
  4. There are enough sturdy ideas in Walk It Off’s first half – just about--to ensure Tapes ‘N Tapes’ good ship stays afloat for a third bout, and it’s definitely a record that’ll reward repeated plays, but with the twilit otherness of "The Loon" largely evaporated here, it’ll need a change of tack to put the wind back in their sails and set the blogosphere to reeling once more.
  5. Walk It Off attempts "The Loon's" indie patchwork using fewer and larger pieces, causing less-than-stellar ideas and riffs to suddenly become load-bearing pillars for painfully linear three-minute pop songs.
  6. While endeavoring to find their own sound, Tapes 'N Tapes ultimately come off as somewhat generic. [Spring 2008, p.81]
  7. They don’t always succeed on Walk It Off, in part because producer Dave Fridmann’s oversaturated-in-both-senses-of-the-word indie-psych sound does them no favors in their attempt to establish an identifiable TNT brand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. DanielB.
    Apr 17, 2008
    9
    Dave Fridmann ruined "Some Loud Thunder"? I don't think so-- that album is brilliant! And this one is damn good. I even like the poppier Dave Fridmann ruined "Some Loud Thunder"? I don't think so-- that album is brilliant! And this one is damn good. I even like the poppier tunes that no one seems to be talking about-- "Headshock" and "Hang Them All". You're just not listening right. P.S. They're brilliant live. Expand
  2. SenorGringo
    Apr 11, 2008
    8
    After multiple listens, this album gets stronger and stronger. I was a little put off after a couple casual listens b/c I felt the sonic fuzz After multiple listens, this album gets stronger and stronger. I was a little put off after a couple casual listens b/c I felt the sonic fuzz made it difficult to distinguish one song from the next but listening closer is extremely rewarding. Very cool band with a very cool sound. Expand
  3. TrevorW.
    Apr 14, 2008
    8
    This is far from a disappointment. The vocals are not quite as memorable as The Loon, but the songs are cohesive and catchy. Songs like "Time This is far from a disappointment. The vocals are not quite as memorable as The Loon, but the songs are cohesive and catchy. Songs like "Time of Songs" and "Lines" are classic. It will be interesting to see where this band goes from here. I feel like the critical reaction to this is similar to Interpol's recent album. Both bands show enormous song-writing talent, but just need to be re-inspired. Expand
  4. BenjaminK.
    Apr 12, 2008
    7
    This album requires multiple listens to be fully appreciated. By no means as good as "The Loon", but it's still an amazingly fun record This album requires multiple listens to be fully appreciated. By no means as good as "The Loon", but it's still an amazingly fun record from one of the most unique rock acts to come out in the last decade. Expand
  5. AbrahamR.
    Apr 10, 2008
    6
    It has some useless songs and the good ones are not so good.
  6. ChristianP.
    Apr 10, 2008
    4
    A pleasant sounding bore.
  7. FP
    Apr 10, 2008
    3
    Deception of the year.

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