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  • Summary: On this sixth album, the Athens, GA band's lineup has been expanded to include guitarist Eric Harris (Olivia Tremor Control) and bassist Craig McQuiston (The Glands). Vic Chesnutt guests on the title track.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
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  1. The quintet moves easily from straight ahead, if slightly-fractured rockers, to fine slices of cerebral sonics.
  2. After a few listens Walking With the Beggar Boys reveals itself as a near perfect little pop record.
  3. Elf Power has made its most straightforward album--and, perhaps not coincidentally, cooked up its most winning batch of songs.
  4. It is somewhat disappointing that they would play it so safe at this stage in their creative life.
  5. It’s the sheen and almost reflexive attentiveness to commercial accessibility that’s placed on a good handful of the songs that can make them sometimes fail or falter or seem weaker than they truly are.
  6. About as riveting as a glass of water. [Jun 2004, p.97]
  7. As beautiful as many of these songs are in terms of immediacy, their lackluster instrumentation never allows them any lasting appeal.

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  1. BrianM
    Apr 12, 2004
    9
    This album was my first exposure to Elf Power. There's not a bad song from beginning to finish. Solid album and beautiful melodies This album was my first exposure to Elf Power. There's not a bad song from beginning to finish. Solid album and beautiful melodies that'll keep you humming for hours. Best album released this year. Expand