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8/10 Phone Customer review, 2nd September 2014
It's very easy to read an song or album's title as a mission statement for the music contained within. Whereas this can often be a misnomer (looking at Mogwai) it seems to be appropriate here. On Superchunk's 6th album proper the album begins and ends on some contemplative placid and relaxed notes. Both tracks Unbelievable Things and Martinis on the Room speak of people and incident watching and contemplating the past and it's pleasures in reminiscence. As often with record listening, ones interest is often at it's most piqued points during the fade in and fade out and that approach is to the detriment of the record here. If people are want to see this as the Superchunk album where "the fizz ran out" to quote a recent Pitchfork review of the remaster; then they are missing the antsy, angsty discomfort of the record's middle run from "Nu Bruises" to it's apex point (and best song) "The Popular Music" where ignoring of the negatives of life resigned to the Indoor Living of the record's name becomes more difficult. The house from whose window the protagonist is watching the world go by in "Unbelievable Things" is being smashed up by the time of "The Popular Music" and hints of dirty washing being aired are all over "Song For Marion Brown." A sound that people could arguably expect of a Superchunk records (a hooky bit of indie rock) is used to interesting effect on a record that rewards a few listens to really get to grips with its gestalt nature.
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