• Record Label: Barsuk
  • Release Date: May 6, 2003
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. 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 and longevity.
  2. BrianH
    Jul 16, 2004
    9
    Great album, and they're fun live too.
  3. 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 is no need as John Roderick finally fulfills all that promise from the Western State Huricane days.
  4. ZachG
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    One of the best albums of the last five years, hands down. Every song could've been a single.
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    A pop pin cushion that's incurably catchy, and as prickly as it is pretty. [Jun 2003, p.97]
  2. When I Pretend To Fall is a mature and nuanced work, full of well-crafted songs and superior musicianship.
  3. 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.