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All Music Guide - Brian O'Neill
The Standard proffer what can best be described as spacy indie prog pop, a sound which dwells within the parameters of serious-minded whimsy for the most part, rife with melancholic melodies that impact mightily despite bearing an almost weightless quality. With only a couple of notable exceptions, such as the off-kilter thrashing guitar of "Behind the Screens," August is content to allow the listener to choose what instrument bears the most prominence. As such, some might immediately hear the dreamy keyboards on "The Five-Year Model," whereas others will no doubt latch onto the snaky bass; much as a great painting will inspire disagreement as to artistic intent, so can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian O'Neill
The Standard proffer what can best be described as spacy indie prog pop, a sound which dwells within the parameters of serious-minded whimsy for the most part, rife with melancholic melodies that impact mightily despite bearing an almost weightless quality. With only a couple of notable exceptions, such as the off-kilter thrashing guitar of "Behind the Screens," August is content to allow the listener to choose what instrument bears the most prominence. As such, some might immediately hear the dreamy keyboards on "The Five-Year Model," whereas others will no doubt latch onto the snaky bass; much as a great painting will inspire disagreement as to artistic intent, so can this disc. While the record never seems to crash under its own weight, the band could be better-served by adding more dynamic moments, as August does tend to drag at times. Still, if this is the standard, the Standard have set the bar fairly high.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/20/2002
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • UPC: 036172093625
  • Catalog Number: 936
  • Sales rank: 264,201

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Standard Primary Artist
Skip vonKuske Strings
Technical Credits
Tony Lash Mastering
Jeff Saltzman Producer, Engineer
The Standard Producer
Rob Oberdorfer Contributor
Jay Clarke Contributor
Tim Putnam Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you need this album

    i dont even recall when it was that i first heard the standard. it seems like they have been with me since childhood. sometimes i liken them to a comfortable pair of pants - when you slip them on you say to yourself, "yes, this is the way it should be." they are frantic, beautiful, and purposeful. terms like "quiet melodic" and "a crushing wall" come to mind, but i dont think they do the sound justice. as of this writing i have bought six copies of this album for friends. because it is that good.

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