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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length album for the upstate New York indie rock band.

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Can You Tell
Have I been too discreet How long am I supposed to wait I think about you nightly Oh can you tell i'm losing sleep What am I supposed to do It's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
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  1. The upstate New York quintet's assured performances act as a suitable memorial [to Pike]. [22/29 Aug 2008, p.122]
  2. You won’t hear anything on The Rhumb Line you haven’t heard before, but that doesn’t prevent it from being one of the year’s best debuts.
  3. Part of what makes The Rhumb Line so engaging is that it's ultimately life-affirming: It's not only a requiem for a lost friend, it's a tribute to the ones who stuck around through the worst times.
  4. It's rare for a band to survive the death of a key member, but Ra Ra Riot are actually thriving, turning The Rhumb Line from a potential "what could've been" record into a rousing, poignant testament to Pike's life and his former bandmates' resilience.
  5. The Rhumb Line is at times moody and downtrodden, but it's Ra Ra Riot's ability to pull out of those situations that saves the album.
  6. 70
    Anchored by four tracks from a previous EP that were re-recorded with the hooks highlighted, this nimble full-length wrings catharsis from pop with no lapses into pretension.
  7. Mildness and friendliness help things flow along so nicely, in fact, that The Rhumb Line softens the impact of generally nuanced and energetic songwriting.

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  1. AndrewN.
    Aug 20, 2008
    Easily one of the year's best, though i think the music critics don't know quite what to do with it. production is excellent.