Live From Home

Album Review of Live From Home by Shudder To Think.

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Live From Home

Shudder To Think

Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
Record label: Team Love
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Live

75 Music Critic Score
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Live From Home - Very Good, Based on 4 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

For roughly ten years, mostly coinciding with the '90s, D.C.'s Shudder to Think made some of the most intelligent, intricate, and downright interesting indie rock around. Craig Wedren's delicate, borderline-falsetto '50s torch singer-wail hovered over dark novellas of three-minute songs which ranged from the jagged post-hardcore of "Hit Liquor" to the barroom garage punk of "X French T-Shirt" to the pure melodic joy of "Red House" (a near-pitch-perfect pop single which modern rock radio somehow slept on). It's the sort of wide span one might expect from a band who spent time both on Dischord and Sony Records.

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Pitchfork - 77
Based on rating 7.7/10

A new Polvo record. Jawbox reissues in the pipeline, and Sunny Day Real Estate reissues on the street. The just-announced Pavement reunion. The Jesus Lizard at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival. And now, a new Shudder to Think live record? Nineties-me is totally stoked by the resurgence of decade ….

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Prefix Magazine - 70
Based on rating 7.0/10

How nice it must be to know that your band is remembered fondly by enough people to merit a couple of live reunion gigs. This is the situation that Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren found himself in a decade after his band broke up. The reunited Shudder To Think -- Wedren on guitar and vocals backed by longtime members Stuart Hill and Kevin March and supplemented by noted indie session men Jesse Krakow and Mark Watrous -- played a small tour in the fall of 2008.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10

In New York City earlier this month, a re-formed Shudder to Think played what might have been its last reunion show. This followed a 2008 tour that marked a ten-year period of inactivity for the band. Some reports from the New York show, which celebrated the release of Live from Home, reflected attendees’ dissatisfaction with the partial/incomplete lineup.

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