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A friend of mine with good musical taste recommended Pinback to me a while back and I forgot about what he had said until I fished the note he had written out of my wallet and saw Amazon had "Information Retrieved" on a special for download. I thought "Why not?" And when I heard it, my brain's jaw dropped!
Although the download has the flaw in "Proceed To Memory" others have mentioned, I am still thrilled with this band's sound. I will very happily spend the extra money to buy the CD so I can have it without the flaws.
If you like highly intelligent music that is not too mired in its perfection to play on emotional strings and send you drifting into thought, this music is what you need. It is defintitely mathy, but it has too many moods to count.
Melodies that can be angular yet retain their melody... Rhythm guitar parts that tend to be picked not strummed, that play upon each other and create point and counterpoint... Pinback's music can only be described as a sort of pop/rock genius. There is a lot going on in Pinback's music, but it still has plenty of space in the arrangements. So while there is lots going on to tickle the brain, it does not sound cluttered. The guitars are generally played clean, without any distortion to hide things... it has a rather naked feel for the most part. Nothing is flashy-sounding or bombastic; in fact, it often feels understated, but that is from the patience exhibited in the execution of the often slow-to-mid-tempo arrangements.Read more ›
*update* it's apparently fixed now.
And after a 5-yr break, I have to say thanks to these guys for returning to the table with something surely more developed, but also within the vein of their previous magic. Bands who turn out this kind of thoughtful, artfully-layered work are often prone to the kind of one-upmanship that becomes unlistenable in its genius. I could tell that after the first listen, I will be tapping-in to to this one for years to come.
And that's the last word for this review. That of everything I've absorbed and listened to over the years, I always come back to Pinback. This music has the unique ability to sound fresh over time, and get me back into loving music (when all the new stuff wanes and seems to feel stale.) It's also THE BEST music to free your mind to and adjust your attitude while you work, drive, or just have time to really listen. Every time I listen to a Pinback album I walk away energized, happier and more inspired. And for this reason I say thanks to them for another much needed auditory-reboot.
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I'm new to this band, having gone to see them on a whim when they played a gig in town supporting this album. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very polished and easy to listen to. Not their best album, but still a great album. Hopefully more to come.Published 10 months ago by TiredMom
Love this band! Great album that compares well to earlier works that I love.Published 13 months ago by J B
A fantastic album from a fantastic band. I am not a die-hard Pinback fan like some of the folks on here who have known of them for a really long time - this is the album that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Naz
I listen to this album at least 3 to 4 times a day. I cannot get enough of pinback.Published 18 months ago by Potato
Another good effort. Not sure if they will win over many new fans with this release but love the Pinback sound.Published 18 months ago by Terence
I thought I knew my favorite band until I heard this band. Pinback is the real deal for people who prefer relaxing mood music. Read morePublished 19 months ago by David King