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"Autumn of the Seraphs" CD

Touch & Go

Genre: indie rock

June 2008

Another day, another Rob Crow related record. It's a good thing they're always so awesome. This time around it's Pinback, his most accessible project - likely because it also features the talents of Three Mile Pilot's Zach Smith. Autumn of the Seraphs is more of the same from these lovably complex popsters, who have retained their basic formula but tightened things up a bit for an even crisper sound. It's always impressive how Crow and Smith manage to craft melodies en masse and bury them in multi-layered, angular rock songs that sound both packed to the brim and yet effortlessly clean.

The majority of the songs on Autumn of the Seraphs are strong efforts, though a few turn out stale. "Barnes" is particularly bland, as are tired "How We Breathe" and underwhelming "Blue Harvest" - especially if you're already familiar with Pinback's unconventional song structure. Fortunately, the rest of the album kicks some solid ass, as stated best by (worthy) single "From Nothing To Nowhere" and instantly memorable "Subbing For Eden." Meanwhile, "Good To Sea" puts a strong synth line to good use, "Walters" uses a tired strum-pop bit to build up to a wonderful key change (before exploding gloriously open), and "Torch" has a lovely opening and an appealing lush urgency.

My advice is to pick this record up along with Rob Crow solo effort, Living Well. Though not quite spotless, Autumn of the Seraphs is the latest in a canon of music that next decade's indie rock scene will consider seminal.

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[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released September 11, 2007]