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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Portland, Ore. indie rockers.
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  1. With a Cape and a Cane sounds almost nothing like its predecessor; the songs ring a million times clearer and the hooks bite far harder.
  2. The Joggers' asymmetrical riffage and labyrinthine phrasing sometimes achieve moments of epic indie-rock grandeur. [14 Oct 2005, p.152]
  3. With a Cape and a Cane sounds merely like a solid indie rock record on a passing listen; give it a few more spins and you will be rewarded.
  4. The Joggers’ struggle against depression yields song after song of emotionally rending rock 'n roll, and the album tells the gritty tale of their fight against this epic beast.
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    When this band surprises... it provides moments indie rock could use more of. [#70, p.102]
  6. With a Cape and a Cane feels more like it was made by a band of salty old musicians hoping to revive a past success instead of a sophomore album.
  7. The Joggers do their thing very well, but it too often turns into camoflauge, as if the artistic presentation is more a study in form than a revelation.

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  1. scotf
    Jun 2, 2006
    Friggin amazing. The nuance they find in rock tickles my brain while my feet and head are still moving. Worth many repeated listens, there is no way the first listen will sound as good as the third, give it time, it will reward. Expand
  2. SteveH
    Feb 22, 2006
    I can not stop listening to this record. It gets better everytime. It took me a bit to warm up to it , originally expecting a little more solid guild, but there diversion away from their first album was splendid. I am a horny ghost! Expand
  3. ChrisK
    Nov 14, 2005
    This album impresses me everytime I listen to it. It will grab you from the beginning and never let you go, and it will always reveal new and deeper layers beneath its indie rock outer. If you like to dance or bang or cry this album kicks serious azno. pleae don't pass it up! It's now one of my favorite albums this year along with Sufjan's Illinois, Broken Social Scene's self titled and The New Pornographers' Twin Cinema. Oh, and listen to the Test Icicles too. Expand
  4. RichardM
    Nov 28, 2005
    Hey Chris K, i've given this album a good score. Can i have my fifty bucks now please? I want to buy The Fall's new record.
  5. MarcelloS
    Dec 4, 2005
    Hey Richard M, now I too have given this album a good score, and rather than the fifty dollars I just want to know what you're talking about. And the new Fall record? Not so hot. Expand
  6. LawrenceP
    Dec 15, 2005
    Like pitchforkmedia says...where is the pitchfork review for this anyways?
  7. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    if hot hot heat knew how to play their instruments classically and listened to prog instead of shitty 80s music this is what their album would sound like. Expand

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