When I Pretend To Fall

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  • Summary: The one constant in the Seattle indie band The Long Winters is Alaska native John Roderick, who is joined on this sophomore effort by a host of musicians including Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5) and Sean Ripple (American Analog Set), with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) andThe one constant in the Seattle indie band The Long Winters is Alaska native John Roderick, who is joined on this sophomore effort by a host of musicians including Peter Buck (REM), Scott McCaughey (Minus 5) and Sean Ripple (American Analog Set), with Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and Ken Stringfellow (The Posies) co-producing. Expand
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  1. Alternative Press
    80
    A pop pin cushion that's incurably catchy, and as prickly as it is pretty. [Jun 2003, p.97]
  2. The Long Winters get happy on this one, and Roderick's vibrant, newfound confidence as a showman and songwriter allows the Long Winters' sound to finally gel.
  3. Magnet
    80
    Basically, he's Bob Dylan in a hoodie. [#59, p.98]
  4. When I Pretend To Fall is a mature and nuanced work, full of well-crafted songs and superior musicianship.
  5. It's just straight rock and roll, really, and I mean really straight rock and roll.
  6. Blender
    70
    Brainy, brooding, classically "indie" guitar music. [#16, p.121]
  7. This is giddy pop-rock in Technicolor.

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  1. ZachG
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums of the last five years, hands down. Every song could've been a single.
  2. CheeseMan
    Apr 24, 2005
    10
    This is a perfect album . And Oh , one could go on and on about the guest performances( Ken Strinfellow, Peter Buck, for instance) but there This is a perfect album . And Oh , one could go on and on about the guest performances( Ken Strinfellow, Peter Buck, for instance) but there is no need as John Roderick finally fulfills all that promise from the Western State Huricane days. Expand
  3. ScottP
    Jul 15, 2003
    9
    Incurably catchy, and you don't won't the cure. More intelligent than Rhett Miller's Instigator but up there in playability Incurably catchy, and you don't won't the cure. More intelligent than Rhett Miller's Instigator but up there in playability and longevity. Expand
  4. BrianH
    Jul 16, 2004
    9
    Great album, and they're fun live too.

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