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The Onion awarded all three bands on this great bill the distinction of having the top Milwaukee albums of 2011! Read on...
"This is definitely one of those cases of “worth the wait.” Pedal-pushers Brief Candles’ last release was 2006’s They Live We Sleep, yet it felt even more distant. Even though the Milwaukee band was active in regards to live shows, the little teases of new material pumped through various PA’s on those stages didn’t sound as completely satisfying as an album blasted through speakers or headphones. Kevin Dixon and Jennifer Boniger-Dixon—thoroughly schooled in their instruments’ sound capabilities—showcase that notion on Fractured Days, creating headphone-perfect, dense waves of chords and filtered-light vocals, pairing up for an almost underwater feel with Boniger-Dixon’s voice illuminating the heavier moments of the album (e.g. “Bitter End” and “Recognition”). Both cavernous and intimate, Fractured Days is a satisfying return to tape for the quartet who knows how to make “loud” devastatingly exquisite." The Onion AV Club's Top 15 Milwaukee Albums Of The Year
"What do you get when you take Crappy Dracula’s brilliantly dumb and impossibly surreal shtick and give it a fresh coat of production paint? One of the funniest and best-sounding records of the year, that’s what. It’s safe to say that no other Milwaukee album sounded anything remotely like Fantastic Dracula (the band would surely note there’s probably a good reason for that), which came complete with Dead Milkmen-esque snot-rock and songs about computers that learn to watch TV. If anything, the album suggests it may be time to put Crappy Dracula’s “smart-stupid” tag to rest: It’s not every band that can make a song about free Wi-Fi in a funeral home into something approaching musical greatness. Oh, and the vinyl copy of Fantastic Dracula somehow includes a hidden track. If that’s not demented ambition, nothing is." The Onion AV Club's Top 15 Milwaukee Albums Of The Year
"There is plenty of evidence on both Fatty Acids albums that the band is capable of writing songs as good as those of any other band in the country. Leftover Monsterface is not as immediately catchy as last year’s Stop Berries, Berries And Berries, Berries, it tickles more of the prog funnybone, and is a little harsher in terms of production. There are more dissonant collisions of sound, and definitely more shrill horns, but there are so many brilliantly crafted pop songs just below the surface that it doesn’t take much to penetrate the bizarre sheen. If you enjoy inherent weirdness, you get the best of both worlds with this band." The Onion AV Club's Top 15 Milwaukee Albums Of The Year
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