Album Review of Inside/Absent by Broken Spindles.

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Inside/Absent by Broken Spindles

Release Date: Aug 23, 2005
Record label: Saddle Creek
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

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Inside/Absent - Poor, Based on 1 Critics

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Based on rating 4/10

The third album from Broken Spindles -- the solo project of the Faint's Joel Petersen -- is a joyless experience. Best described as hackneyed art rock, Inside/Absent is a challenge to get through, from "Inward," the unusual piano piece that opens the set, to bleak, horror-esque tunes like "Desaturated." While it isn't all morose, Broken Spindles' electronic basement pop feels tedious when it's accessible. Tunes like "This Is an Introduction," (which finds Petersen singing about moving his girlfriend across the country into his new house, only to leave out on tour, causing an irreconcilable rift between the pair) just aren't "A-list" enough to quantify this as a hit and miss assortment.

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