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  • Summary: Following the critical success of their 1999 effort, 'Madonna,' the lengthily-named Austin, Texas indie band signed with Interscope and recorded this, their major-label debut.

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How Near How Far
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Miscellaneous How Near How Far Looking back in time Through verses set in nursery rhyme At oil painted... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    Their finest record to date and the most blistering, blissful album to be released by anyone in years.
  2. 100
    Source Tags and Codes is phenomenal. It's one of those albums that starts the listener on a seeminlgly unsustainable high note, and uses that as a launching point.
  3. For all its gonzo, crackpot gestures, Source Tags & Codes is a remarkably coherent work. It stands as the most melodically-inclined album in their catalogue and boasts their strongest songwriting to date.
  4. 'Source Tags And Codes' comes with an albatross-like weight of expectation round its skinny neck - yet happily, it's supported by a band who have grown to match it.
  5. Sure, they make use of their obviously higher budget and Source Tags And Codes sounds more rich and layered because of it, but like Modest Mouse with The Moon And Antarctica, they've used these new elements to accent their music, not destroy it.
  6. Uncut
    Compared to so many noisemongers, TOD understand that restraint enables unleashed firepower to be exhilarating and awesome. [Apr 2002, p.111]
  7. Q Magazine
    ...Trail of Dead have reached a point where the need for convention outweighs the joy of using guitars as weapons. [Feb 2002, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. SusanH.
    Mar 6, 2002
    Revolutionary, powerful, dangerous, a breath of something new, rock-n-roll's last exhilarating lunge... or it's next great lunch.
  2. ALex
    May 16, 2002
    This is a really good album.. It's one of those albums that surprises you... it gets better every time you listen to it.
  3. MikeF.
    Sep 17, 2002
    very very good
  4. SeamusS
    Mar 27, 2006
    Near Perfect A Masterpiece of this time
  5. DudeLOVE
    Nov 21, 2006
    This album is phenomelajgag.wgr. love it.
  6. brody
    Dec 18, 2002
    great album. it holds together surpisingly well as an entire album rather than just a collection of songs. deftinitely better than i expected.
  7. MarkC
    Dec 21, 2002
    Hi, this is the worst crap of all time.

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