All the Falsest Hearts Can Try

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All Music Guide - John Martin
Will Johnson's straining voice and lyrical surrealism on Centro-Matic's fourth full album elicit comparisons to the psychedelic pop that the Flaming Lips fashioned throughout the 1990s. Borrowing from the Lips' theatrical arrangements on their albums, the tracks on All the Falsest Hearts Can Try overlap thematically, so that the entire album seems to run in a continuous strain of inventively assembled music. The wistful lyrics clinging to a lilting classical piano accompaniment on "Cool That You Showed Us How" shift directly to "The Blisters May Come," with its grinding guitar and screaming speculation about impending pain. This stirring contrast in turn moves into an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Martin
Will Johnson's straining voice and lyrical surrealism on Centro-Matic's fourth full album elicit comparisons to the psychedelic pop that the Flaming Lips fashioned throughout the 1990s. Borrowing from the Lips' theatrical arrangements on their albums, the tracks on All the Falsest Hearts Can Try overlap thematically, so that the entire album seems to run in a continuous strain of inventively assembled music. The wistful lyrics clinging to a lilting classical piano accompaniment on "Cool That You Showed Us How" shift directly to "The Blisters May Come," with its grinding guitar and screaming speculation about impending pain. This stirring contrast in turn moves into an impressive array of solid indie rock. Although for the most part Centro-Matic's sound draws from indie archetypes like Guided By Voices and Pavement, it reveals the band's roots in a Texas tradition of guitar-driven blues, country, and rock. During certain parts, the album quiets down to a beautiful, eerie mix of acoustic guitar and Wurlitzer organ or piano. But both the loud and the soft, the distorted and the purely acoustic, and the screaming and the whispering in Centro-Matic's music feel contaminated with a melancholy that is as alarming as it is compelling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2002
  • Label: Idol Records
  • UPC: 098054203621
  • Catalog Number: 36
  • Sales rank: 343,866

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Centro-Matic Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Group
Matt Pence Group Member
Mark Hedman Group Member
Scott Danbom Group Member
Will Johnson Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Andrews Navigator
Alan Douches Mastering
Centro-Matic Producer
Matt Pence Engineer
Bob "Derwood" Andrews Navigator
Will Johnson Composer, Contributor
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