9/10 Mike Staff review, 16 November 2012
It’s been a while now since Ian Mackaye’s legendary Fugazi went on hiatus and he started recording and touring with Amy Farina as The Evens, producing an altogether quieter and more contemplative style of slightly folky, minimal indie rock, with the two of them sharing vocal duties. Over the years they’ve been quietly beavering away on their skills and this third album (and first in six years) is the duo’s most enjoyable yet, I think.
There are hints of rock but it’s mostly a dusky mid-paced acoustic strum with confident singing and spare, tasteful drumming. Most importantly though, the songs are good, falling somewhere between Fugazi’s quieter moments (even on acoustic guitars Mackaye’s melodic ear is very distinctive, with these hypnotic little snaking melodies and downstroke-heavy strumming) and maybe Sleater-Kinney, which is a pretty good place to be if you ask me.Sometimes when Amy’s singing it strangely reminds me of Tracy Bonham...whatever happened to her anyway? We’re rushed off our feet this week and I’m afraid I don’t really have time to do this album justice but trust me, it’s a delightful listen.
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