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Albatross - The Standard
Track Listing
  1. Red Drop
  2. Closed Rooms
  3. Play the Part
  4. How Deep to Cut
  5. A Curtain Drawn
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  1. Red Drop
  2. Closed Rooms
  3. Play the Part
  4. How Deep to Cut
  5. A Curtain Drawn
  6. Not Asleep
  7. Little Green
  8. You Will
  9. Feet and Hands
  10. In Waves
  11. Hills Above
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Portland's Standard have honed their shifty indie rock with each consecutive release. Tense, prickly, and gorgeous, 2004's Wire Post to Wire was their best yet. Albatross is hard to get a handle on at first -- and might not ultimately reach the heights of Wire -- but its unpredictably heady mix of warmth and anxiousness still rewards the patient or the curious. Opener "Red Drop" is a bright piano-driven pop song akin to the Shins, but by "Play the Part" Standard vocalist Tim Putnam is ruminating on mortality and free will ...

Albatross 2005, Yep Roc

UPC: 634457210028

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