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.