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Album Review

The third album from Broken Spindles — the solo project of the Faint's Joel Petersen — is a joyless experience. Best described as hackneyed art rock, Inside/Absent is a challenge to get through, from "Inward," the unusual piano piece that opens the set, to bleak, horror-esque tunes like "Desaturated." While it isn't all morose, Broken Spindles' electronic basement pop feels tedious when it's accessible. Tunes like "This Is an Introduction," (which finds Petersen singing about moving his girlfriend across the country into his new house, only to leave out on tour, causing an irreconcilable rift between the pair) just aren't "A-list" enough to quantify this as a hit and miss assortment. A song like "Birthday" is no celebration, as Petersen mopes his way though the realities of aging. The guy puts it best in his own prose, as he sings, "It's hard for people to get close to me when I'm so distant." He's not friggin' kidding. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

it's the subtleness of this album that makes it shine

I think the large part of this albums overall failure is due to the fact that fans had too many expectations. They wanted Petersen to go somewhere and he went the other direction. Dissapointment in direction or no, this is still a largely enjoyable album. The monochromatic piano stylings, the lo-fi quality, it all adds to this artists appeal. While the lyrics may appear as the rantings of an angst ridden artist, these lyrics hit on a lot of emotions that anyone can relate to. He finds different words to speak of those tired cliches that we find all too common in our culture. He touches on those cliches furthermore by exagerating a sort of listless complacence in his singing that add a certain level of understated profoundness that I found alleviating. If you're looking for something to dance to, go somewhere else. This album is not an attempt to get you moving, but to get you to stop rather, and reflect on an otherwise plastic, and pre-packaged world.

Not as good as other work

I love broken spindles, but this album was bad. I can see how he wanted it to be sad or whatever, but it is way too soft. Too much piano. Nothing that i would really want to move to.

A little sad?

Yes this is a pretty depresing record. Should you give it a chance? Absolutely!!! While very different from his other work, still a very important disc. It shines a different light on the fears that plauge us all. Listen to Burn My Body, The Distance Is Nearsighted, and Please Don't Remember This first...... I will prepare you for the rest.


Formed: 2002 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Broken Spindles is the lo-fi electronic solo project of bassist Joel Peterson, the founding member of Omaha, NE‘s The Faint. His project began as an accompaniment to a friend's film project but was ultimately realized as an 11 track self-titled album released on Tigerstyle Records in 2002. This album was a curious mixture of electro, emo, Faint-style new wave and so-called incidental music with an aggressive yet retro-kitschy twist. Since there are no vocals, the drama came from quickly escalating...
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