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  • Summary: The New York-based indie-pop band, led by Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, returns with a long-awaited third LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    A nearly flawless collection of hummable overtures. [#17, p.138]
  2. Not only their crowning achievement to date but also one of the year's finest albums, period.
  3. Even at their most piercingly observant, Collingwood and Schlesinger never lose their warmth for their subjects, and their lack of condescension comes through in the music, as well.
  4. This is exactly the album that should be blasting from car radios all summer.
  5. No doubt, the music that falls between the Beatles and Bacharach extremes suffers slightly from adherence to formula, but few can boast such immediately memorable melodies. What surprises, though, is the care that they take with the lighter side of their music.
  6. 80
    Celebrates the little people with full powerpop majesty. [Jul 2003, p.108]
  7. Sadly, much of Welcome Interstate Managers is bogged down by forgettable midtempo slush. [Aug 2003, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 82
  2. Negative: 6 out of 82
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    Great! This is one of the best albums of the last decade. If you don't own it buy it now. Every song is well written and performed. It says a lot for an album when you know the next song is really good, but you can't hit the skip button because the one playing is just as good. Expand
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    Wow this is a great album. "Mexican Wine" is a great opening tune, other notable songs include "Hey Julie" "Stacy's Mom" "Hackensack" "Bright Future In Sales". The songwriting here is brilliant. Catchy tunes and nothing too light and fluffy. It's really a damn shame this band didn't get more popular in the airwaves. A true gem. Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2012
    Still laugh like a drain every time I hear this! And in Hackensack they've written one of the great plaintive songs of impossible yearning. Wonderful stuff! Off to check out their other releases. Expand

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