The Morning Benders - Big Echo
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2010 Ratings: #451 / 855
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2010 Ratings: #106
March 9, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Rough Trade, Beggars / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Pitchfork

Album titles can often sum up the albums themselves. Case in point: the Morning Benders' 2008 debut, Talking Through Tin Cans, a collection of boilerplate indie rock that borrowed more than a bit from the Shins' jangle pop. Despite a few bright spots, the record branded the San Franciscan outfit with a second-tier reputation. Add that to the fact that the Shins aren't groundbreakers themselves, and Talking Through Tin Cans begins to sound

as limited as the rudimentary children's activity suggested in its title.

70
Drowned in Sound

This second album marks a huge step forward for The Morning Benders following their 2008 debut Talking Through Tin Cans. That record was largely forgettable; its straight-forward approach to American indie-rock the sound of a band that lacked scope in ambition and song-writing, sounding five years out of date even at the time of its release. It was enough, in all honesty, to make this reviewer almost write them off forever. Yet thankfully, bearing in mind the changes that have been made to their sound on Big Echo, it seems that the band may also have been concerned by this lack of scope too.

JFulfy
93
To experience this album to the root, just sit and listen. Dont compare, just listen. It truly is an amazing feeling.

Fav Tracks; Promises, Cold War, Mason Jar
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#21/Pretty Much Amazing
#22/DIY
#30/One Thirty BPM
#33/Prefix
#36/Stereogum
#50/No Ripcord

Track List

  1. Excuses
  2. Promises
  3. Wet Cement
  4. Cold War
  5. Pleasure Sighs
  6. Hand Me Downs
  7. Mason Jar
  8. All Day Day Light
  9. Stitches
  10. Sleepin In

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