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one one hand, their fifth album, information retrieved, is the logical and accessible realization of a sound pinback have been developing and refining for over a decade. however, that consistency that we've taken for granted is what makes information retrieved such a euphoric surprise; their finest and most fully realized album, a dozen years deep into a career that includes bona fide modern classics like good to sea and summer in abaddon. simply put, this is better than we ever could have expected. they could have coasted on automatic pilot to another lauded album that likely would have made it onto plenty of year-end lists, but instead they shot the moon, and the result is a major triumph. the touchstones are still there. zach smith's stunningly unique bass guitar acrobatics driving both rhythm and melody in lock-step unison; the incredible immediacy of rob crow's voice that could make a phone book sound compelling; and the music and lyrical interplay between the two of them that made pinback so special in the first place.
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