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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the New York City indie quintet.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
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  1. Jan 5, 2011
    91
    Weathervanes' intriguing, thought-provoking lyrics and concept-album nature-it's about a boy who falls in love with a girl ghost-make it a literate-pop gem.
  2. 90
    By the time things conclude with mannerly closer "The Great Estates" it's been made perfectly clear that this is a band ready and able to create visions with enveloping scope and delightful articulation.
  3. The whole thing wafts along in a pastel anasthaesia, Dadone's vocals rubbing against barely-there songs crafted with shards of synth, glockenspiel and harmonium. Conversely, the only times Weathervanes descends into twee is where it tries too hard to be noticed.
  4. Though it'll never be powerful or earthshaking, Weathervanes seems to have found its place among the clouds.
  5. As it is Weathervanes remains a catchy album that will satiate those with an indie-pop sweet tooth, (the type who can bear glockenspiel on every track) and maybe even offer the odd moment of genuine inspiration. Many of us will find it all a little too familiar and unengaging to get that far.
  6. Too much of Weathervanes is unnecessary fluff. Of the album's 13 tracks, three are wordless moments of focus-less, meaningless noise and at least three other songs could have been trimmed down by a few minutes.
  7. Most of Weathervanes is serviceable modern rock, so it will find an appreciative audience despite its egregious derivativeness and a lyricist who seems like he'd use the word "inebriated" to talk about how drunk he got last night.

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  1. Feb 8, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Nothing new there, but whoever likes Sufjan Stevens and Postal Service will enjoy listening to this album... Sometimes, not too often, or you'll eventually get bored though... Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    6
    Good ol indie pop, average album here. Not bad for a debut album they have a few highlights here like Generator ^ 2nd Floor and Hannah. GoodGood ol indie pop, average album here. Not bad for a debut album they have a few highlights here like Generator ^ 2nd Floor and Hannah. Good band some good songs here, re-playable, sharable. Not breaking any boundaries here. Postal Service fans who are too good for Owl City, will love this album. Expand