Root for Ruin

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With its fifth album, Root for Ruin, the art rock outfit continues with the sound that made Let's Stay Friends such a refreshing change for the band, refining its angular sound with pop polish. This slower, more melodic approach really shines on "Let's Get Out of Here," a laid-back, Pixies-influenced track that almost casually rises and falls, showing off the band's ability to take a chord progression and mine it for all its worth, coaxing out a breezy verse and an incredibly catchy hook that sound like they could be lost tracks from Doolittle. This more thoughtful approach also comes through on faster tracks like "Dirty Knails" and "Excess Energies," providing a look at...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
With its fifth album, Root for Ruin, the art rock outfit continues with the sound that made Let's Stay Friends such a refreshing change for the band, refining its angular sound with pop polish. This slower, more melodic approach really shines on "Let's Get Out of Here," a laid-back, Pixies-influenced track that almost casually rises and falls, showing off the band's ability to take a chord progression and mine it for all its worth, coaxing out a breezy verse and an incredibly catchy hook that sound like they could be lost tracks from Doolittle. This more thoughtful approach also comes through on faster tracks like "Dirty Knails" and "Excess Energies," providing a look at a Les Savy Fav who are able to be kinetic without being frenetic, showing that they can still cut loose without losing control of the song. While Root for Ruin isn't the creative reawakening that Let's Stay Friends was, it might be the band's tightest and most polished album yet. At this point in their career, Les Savy Fav have evolved their style so much that any clamoring for a return to their previous form feels like stubborn nostalgia. In fact, with this current sound reaching such a level of refinement, the only question left to ask of the band is, "What's next?"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: French Kiss
  • UPC: 675640913722
  • Catalog Number: 45
  • Sales rank: 132,735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Appetites (3:33)
  2. 2 Dirty Knails (3:06)
  3. 3 Sleepless In Silver Lake (3:41)
  4. 4 Let's Get Out of Here (3:33)
  5. 5 Lips N' Stuff (3:48)
  6. 6 Poltergeist (3:42)
  7. 7 High and Unhinged (3:53)
  8. 8 Excess Energies (3:03)
  9. 9 Dear Crutches (4:13)
  10. 10 Calm Down (2:46)
  11. 11 Clear Spirits (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Savy Fav Primary Artist
Tim Harrington Vocals, Group Member
Syd Butler Bass, Group Member
Harrison Haynes Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Seth Jabour Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Andrew Reuland Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Harrison Haynes Artwork
Seth Jabour Layout
Chris Zane Producer, Engineer
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