The Odds

November 20, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: November 20, 2012
  • Label: Dischord Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Dischord Records
  • Total Length: 40:08
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  • ASIN: B00A1S0ITE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,539 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The husband and wife duo of Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Minor Threat) and Amy Farina (The Warmers) have had a pretty good reason for their long break between their last album and 'The Odds': They've been being parents to their four-year-old son and generally just living the family life. Hopefully that kid's ready to get his own place soon, because these two have got a great thing going here, and I sure wouldn't want to see it put on hiatus again.

While The Evens' sound could still be considered post-hardcore like their previous bands, it's more stripped-down, and the intensity-level is a good two notches lower. Lets call it post post-hardcore. But that doesn't mean it's mellow. MacKaye is still his old angry self here, railing against idiots and injustice over his jagged riffs and Amy's weird, stuttering beats, resulting in a dark, almost ominous sound that shares as much in common with the post-rock of bands like Slint and Rodan as Fugazi. Farina takes vocal turns as well, and her lyrics here tend to be more abstract compared with her partner's upfront and brutal honesty.

The arrangements on 'The Odds' can be very complex, as evidenced by the math-rock-style odd time-signatures and angular riffs of songs like "Wanted Criminals," "Warble Factor," and "Let's Get Well." The excellent, Sonic Youth-esque "Wonder Why" is extremely hypnotic, especially with headphones, but the most instantly accessible song on the album to me is undoubtedly "King of Kings," an infectious anthem that I could picture everyone singing along to at their shows, fists pumping in the air. There's a tangible energy to these songs, even if MacKaye is laying off the distortion pedal some these days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By seagoat8888 on November 27, 2012
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I basically follow Ian with whatever he's up to and this was worth the purchase... I like that the guitar is a little more rock-y than other recent stuff, back to his trademark rhythm. Amy's drumming tends to be a little clunky and on this album she occasionally tries to pull off some stuff that doesn't quite work, but generally the band chemistry is pretty solid. You occasionally hear bits that harken to great Fugazi albums, which is never a negative.

My only real complaint is that the mix is really thin, I tried playing this in my car on a long drive and it was just really hard to hear and appreciate. I have friends who record on relatively cheap equipment (basically a computer and a $300 mic) and they can get way better sound than this. It basically sounds like a really good demo tape for which you would look forward to a proper studio recording. Oh well, still happy to listen to this.
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Eddie Vedder recommended another song by this group, who I had never heard of, and I didn't particularly care for that song, but eventually stumbled upon other songs and this album, and it is fantastic. Huge fan of White Stripes so dig the man/woman duo element, and these cats rock.
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