Saturday Night: Pinback Sorts Through the Chaos at Bottom of the Hill


JP Incorporated

January 1, 2011

Better than: Not distracting one's self from a seething hangover.

Sometimes it sounds like Pinback's Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV are singing completely different songs, one of them meditatively chanting in spirals, the other waxing in a seemingly dissimilative key and meter, one that's oblong and alien. It's counterintuitive stuff, but a bridge here and a plot twist there — and voila! The vocal arrangements come together like a swirl cone's peak. This is when Pinback can be sublime in the most un-Sublime way.

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