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Album: The Loon
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just Drums
2)    Iliad, The
3)    Insistor
4)    Crazy Eights
5)    In Houston
6)    Manitoba
7)    Cowbell
8)    10 Gallon Ascots
9)    Omaha
10)    Buckle
11)    Jakov's Suite
 

Album: The Loon
# Song Title   Time
1)    Just Drums
2)    Iliad, The
3)    Insistor
4)    Crazy Eights
5)    In Houston
6)    Manitoba
7)    Cowbell
8)    10 Gallon Ascots
9)    Omaha
10)    Buckle
11)    Jakov's Suite
 
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  • With their debut album, THE LOON, Minneapolis quartet Tapes n' Tapes took the indie music world by storm, riding a wave of critical acclaim and enthusiastic word-of-mouth from obscurity to the semi-obscurity that is indie stardom. The album is a collage of fractured, melodic bits artfully combined into wonderfully listenable songs. The structures are unconventional but organic, lending a warmth and even coziness to the album as it reference all your favorite bands, from Pavement to the Pixies to the Talking Heads.
  • For all the post-punk influences, though, the arrangements and the meandering, seemingly improvised structures also have a slight jam-band feel. "Cowbell" begins by laying down a rhythm that splits the difference between punk and polka before moving into a series of shredded melodies. "Manitoba" is a lullaby of clear-as-bells guitars and lilting vocals that gradually morphs into something stronger and stranger. THE LOON is consistent only in its unpredictability, in having a happy surprise around every corner.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.66) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Their debut, THE LOON, holds together thanks to its tight, jumpy grooves, even as it moves sideways and forward at the same time, laying catchy, off-the-cuff melodies over guitar blurts and shadowy near-jazz patter."

Spin (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[They] play agile, herky-jerky guitar rock with wild curves and weird textures, augmenting singer Josh Grier's slacker mumblings with sharp musical know-how."

Spin (p.57) - Ranked #29 in Spin's "The 40 Best Albums of 2006" -- "THE LOON is way loonier than it first seems, with injections of cross-eyed country, bits of blues, and whatever else yields the band joy."

Entertainment Weekly (p.67) - "THE LOON excites with twisty guitar tangents, an airtight country two-step, and commanding choruses..."

Q (p.117) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Displaying many of the wry and occasionally beautiful mid-'90s alt-rock shapes thrown by the likes of Pavement, Guided By Voices and Sebadoh before them..."
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