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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B005HP9OE6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Eric Bachmann, who writes, records, and performs songs mainly under the name Crooked Fingers, lives in Athens, Georgia, these days, where he recorded Breaks in the Armor at The Bakery with Matt Yelton (live sound engineer for the Pixies) throughout the winter of 2010/2011, enlisting the help of Liz Durrett on backing vocals. It's a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements.

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This may very well be his most mature release to date.
M. Randall
If you're a fan of his previous works or just thoughtful indie in general I'd strongly recommend this one.
writtenonmyveins
The sound is very mature, thoughtful, and full of emotion.
Erik Anderson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By writtenonmyveins on November 3, 2011
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I'm a long time fan of Crooked Fingers and have greatly enjoyed all of his/their past works. This album is more of a small nudge towards crunchy guitars and driving drums than his previous efforts. A little less folky, though still Crooked Fingers through and through. Eric Bachmann and the band are just as on point as ever. His voice and lyrics are still as powerful and insightful as ever. If you're a fan of his previous works or just thoughtful indie in general I'd strongly recommend this one.

I can't say there's a song on the CD that I don't like, but particular standouts for myself are "The Counterfeiter", "Bad Blood" and "Typhoon".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Randall on December 23, 2011
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On the latest Crooked Fingers release, I get a feeling of Eric Bachmann kind-of revisiting some of his earlier projects... to a degree. Don't get me wrong, this is still Crooked Fingers; the melodic, folksy, acoustic, soulfulness is still here. However, this album as-a-whole doesn't really exude the somber, down-low, broken-man feelings that were so prevalent on some earlier CF albums (though there certainly are songs that re-visit this). In fact, at points, I hear shades of later-era AOL and even some Barry Black.
That being said, this is definitely not a step-back for Eric Bachmann; it's more like a culmination of his past works and experiences. Like everything has been leading up to this point. This may very well be his most mature release to date.
Very well done and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Erik Anderson on February 22, 2012
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I found this by accident on Amazon and downloaded it. I instantly liked all of the songs. The sound is very mature, thoughtful, and full of emotion. Best songs are Counterfeiter, Typhoon, and Bad Blood. A must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Davis on September 28, 2012
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Eric Bachmann is a genius. Anyone who is familiar with his music knows this. He is, however, like many geniuses, somewhat inconsistant. He's had his hits & misses, both with the seminal indie band Archers of Loaf, and his newer project, Crooked Fingers. "Breaks In The Armor" may one day prove to be his masterpiece, however. It his strongest, most cohesive album to date, although possibly his darkest as well. Giv it a listen, then another. Let it sit & settle in, and then listen to it a few more times. You will love it. It is accessible, yet complex. Full of darkness, with a hint of light spilling through songs like "Your Apocalypse", and "Heavy Hours". There is much beauty to be found here, amongst so much obvious pain, just like in life. Give it enough time, you will find it, and be glad for it.
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