12 Desperate Straight Lines

Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2011 Ratings: #500 / 968
User Score
Based on 9 ratings
February 15, 2011 / Release Date
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Merge / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

12DSL captures the moment I first played air guitar to Weezer’s The Blue Album, and proceeds to replicate its gloriously visceral delights ad infinitum.

No Ripcord

Lerner’s direct songwriting minces all of these college-rock influences into a surprisingly versatile record.


The record has some of his strongest, catchiest tunes to date, despite the continued reliance on silly lyrics.


There are simply far too many songs like Car Crash where everything falls into place in exactly the wrong way


There’s nothing here to make Lerner’s audience catch their breath, though—no ace guitar solos or unexpected vocal asides, nothing to indicate that these songs are anything more than catchy little melodies playing inside Lerner’s mind.

Consequence of Sound

12 Desperate Straight Lines isn’t terrible by any means. There are some good melodic tunes throughout the record.

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Year End Lists

#20/A.V. Club
#35/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. You Turn Clear in the Sun 
  2. Please Ask for Help 
  3. 50 Ways 
  4. I Cannot Love You 
  5. Dirty Thing 
  6. Car Crash 
  7. Palm of Your Hand 
  8. I Got You 
  9. Fever Chill 
  10. Country Lane 
  11. Patterns 
  12. Gotta Get It Right Now
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