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  • High/Low [Elektra, 1996] Dud
  • Let Go [Barsuk, 2003] *
  • The Weight Is a Gift [Barsuk, 2005] **
  • Lucky [Barsuk, 2008] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

High/Low [Elektra, 1996] Dud

Let Go [Barsuk, 2003]
Right, they do Coldplay better than they did Weezer ("Inside of Love," "Blizzard of '77"). *

The Weight Is a Gift [Barsuk, 2005]
Emo, if that term retains any shred of cred, for adults--who actually know a tune when they hear one ("Blankest Year," "Imaginary Friends"). **

Lucky [Barsuk, 2008]
Ambivalent tunes about love and death that deserve the full title "Just Lucky, I Guess" ("Whose Authority," "The Film Did Not Go 'Round"). *