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Faunts, Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. (Friendly Fire)

February 27, 2009
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Feeling nostalgic and thinking of M4
After 2007''s moody stop-off in indie film scoring called M4, Faunts' return to the full-length format is an uneven venture. The processes haven't shifted much on Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. Synths and thin guitar lines curl around a patchwork of live and programmed scattershot percussion for dreamy pop, but when Faunts casts aside the "dreamy" part, the Canadian five-piece generally loses us on its path toward more defined, traditional structures.

Faunts would benefit from incorporating more of the concepts that they fleshed out with such expertise on M4. Back then, even when they were in "song-driven" mode as opposed to their unhinged exercises in weightlessness, the band's layered compositions were displacing and ghostly. On Feel., the fey confines of the '80s-framed "I Think I'll Start a Fire" alongside choppy rock excess in "Out on a Limb" render Faunts almost unrecognizable. Meanwhile, "So Far Away" boasts the balance they need—it's edited down to three minutes or so, but its mournful, reverb-riddled vocals and minimal riffs keep rewardingly loose, sounding out of place on this chase to be the Next Huge Radio Band. [2.5 out of 5 stars]

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