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  • Summary: 'Professor' marks the second solo outing for the Sea And Cake leader. He's backed by the same group of musicians that performed on his previous 1999 release, including S&C bandmate Archer Prewitt and Josh Abrams (Town & Country).
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  1. 88
    Proves that Prekop really is one of the few musicians who can allude to the '70s, soul, jazz and fun--yet still sound sincere. [#14, p.99]
  2. Forget the details: The sheer comfort of this stuff can charm just about anyone, from the rock bar to the office to your grandma's house.
  3. Listen casually, and Who's Your New Professor hangs back against the wall, likeably undemanding. Listen close, and the album's elegant patterns become actively entrancing.
  4. A remarkably efficient album that zips by with plenty of highlights and begs for a press of the repeat button.
  5. Sometimes this gets boring, when tracks lull and hunch into the next and Sam’s voice doesn’t do much to challenge the monotony. Sometimes it’s confusing to hear such graciously restrained music eventually show itself as meticulous, experimental, and deep, deep, deep. Well, not confusing. Refreshing.
  6. His brand of subtlety yields far greater rewards and makes for a surfeit of future discoveries upon repeated listens.
  7. This record grows predictable. [#9]

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  1. MarcyC
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    I am loving this very cool, jazzy, mellow album. It's interjected with moments of warmth, sadness, and the occasional rock-out guitar I am loving this very cool, jazzy, mellow album. It's interjected with moments of warmth, sadness, and the occasional rock-out guitar riff, along with the ever-satisfying vocals of Sam Prekop. Expand
  2. WayneB
    May 21, 2005
    9
    Well worth the five year wait. Not even one weak song in the batch and with an all-star lineup assembled to assist; Archer Prewitt (Sea & Well worth the five year wait. Not even one weak song in the batch and with an all-star lineup assembled to assist; Archer Prewitt (Sea & Cake), Chad Taylor, Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground), Josh Abrams (Town & Country), and even Sir John McEntire (sorry, no Jim O'Rourke this time). Enjoy and catch them live on the present tour if you can! Expand
  3. ToddA
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    Marginally weaker than his first solo outing, but still one of the best records I've yet to hear this year.
  4. Paul
    Jul 11, 2005
    9
    In my view, the most assured, confident and consistent group of Prekop's songs to date, his Sea and Cake output included.
  5. MarkO.
    Mar 23, 2005
    8
    This is a really nice album. When everything seems like turmoil in your life, throw this on and relax. Cool, refreshing, never boring or samesy.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2005
    7
    Pleasant but slight. It's relaxing and enjoyable, though, so if you need something to mellow out to, give it a spin. Nice to hear Prekop Pleasant but slight. It's relaxing and enjoyable, though, so if you need something to mellow out to, give it a spin. Nice to hear Prekop doing some work that'll appeal to more than just Sea & Cake fans. Expand
  7. PaulH
    Jul 3, 2005
    5
    Nice and All, but let's be honest folks, this will be forgotten about very soon.