As a "crusty old goth" with a penchant for emo-core and all things swirly and mopey (including delta and chicago blues, incidentally), my review should be read with a certain suspcion toward my aesthetic credentials. Even so, other reviews on this page are really misguided in even the most partially negative assessment. This sophomore effort finds Pinback have found the perfect way to settle into the odd pop chair, finding their sweetspot: delicate melodies punctuating with a twingly (is that a word?) percussive baseline, sweet male voices that oscillate between quirk and caresses. The stand-out song here is "Penelope," which, is simply a miraculous in its ability to commuicate a sense of "caring" (in the sense of "holding out," or taking that paternal risk); with headphones flying from Salem OR to Minneapolis after a long and stressful visit looking for work, deeper listening brought me to tears. Of course, we invest all sorts of personal things into music that are not "in the music." But we all tend to gravitate to music that is investible, and this band produces some excellent stuff for mending memories and making moments. If you enjoy emo-core--from Neutral Milk Hotel to Trembling Blue Stars, the Sea and the Cake, and similar ilk--this is a must have. Blue screen life will be hard for this band to top. It is mature and visonary pop, worthy of its cute song titles in a non-commercializable way
01. Offline P.K.
02. Concrete Seconds - Pinback, Tom Zinser
07. X I Y
08. Prog - Pinback, Tom Zinser
09. Your Sickness - Pinback, Tom Zinser