Vs. Children

Album Review of Vs. Children by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone.

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Vs. Children

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Vs. Children by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Release Date: Apr 7, 2009
Record label: Tomlab
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Electronic

80 Music Critic Score
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Vs. Children - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Sweeping in with the majestic title track -- a drone fanfare that swirls into the main song just so -- Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's second album of 2009 (but first that's a full album as such instead of a compilation) shows that Owen Ashworth's talent continues to pay lovely dividends. His singing is of a piece with the music, at once clearer and more conventional than ever before and still touched with the reflective spoken-to-oneself melancholy that defines his work. His ear for sharply observed details and sly comparisons similarly holds true; if it's a sign that he's long since established his m├ętier then it's equally clear he knows how to play to his strengths.

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Pitchfork - 79
Based on rating 7.9/10

To breed or not to breed? That is the question Owen Ashworth appears to be asking with his fifth full-length outing as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, the wryly titled Vs. Children. But this is a Casiotone record, which means Ashworth won't provide direct access to his thoughts, relying instead on proxies, personae, and other distancing mechanisms.

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