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Walk It Off (Bonus Track Edition)

Tapes 'n Tapes

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Minnesota’s Tapes ‘n Tapes released their debut album, The Loon, in 2006 to much critical acclaim. A band clearly well-schooled on two decades’ worth of indie rock’s crème de la crème, anyone with an ear for college radio took to their sound with delight. Two years later, detractors may feel the quartet has slipped into a bit of a malaise on Walk it Off, but others will find a more thoughtful, original, and focused band at work. Rather than evoking indie gods X, Y, or Z on any given track, the band cranks the edgier tunes with a steady hand all their own, and the more subdued numbers conjure more emotion. “Le Ruse” turns into a full swagger after a sputtering start, guitars fully ablaze, and “Blunt” is, ironically, a fuzzed-out assault of sharp angles and jagged edges. The antsy, nervous “Hang Them All” and “The Dirty Dirty” thrive on their own tightly wound energy; “Conquest” and “Headshock” take the edge off a bit with a softer gait, although a sort of yearning, emotional punch is visceral. There is plenty here to admire, and plenty of contemplative mood to get lost in. (The band also tied Walk It Off to a promotion for nationwide walks for breast cancer awareness in spring 2008.  Nice work.)

Customer Reviews

Very cool record. I prefer it to the Loon

I hear that a lot of fans of the group are a little bummed on this record because it is more produced, but I disagree. I'll admit that better production can be a poison to many groups, but I think they did it right. I think this record is a great step for them. The whole thing sounds denser and more (not to sound too pretentious, but) deliberate. It sounds a bit more Modest Mouse-y at a couple parts (in a good way). I don't know, cool record. I like the Loon a lot, and I like this one even more.

so rewarding

at first, i really didn't like this as much as the loon. after many listens, walk it off is way more rewarding. it's complex and just great rock. this album is going to stand the test of time!

No sophomore slump

This one is a bit more melodic than "the loon". A very solid effort ... been listening to Hang Them All for several weeks already and the rest of the album does not disappoint. Highlights include "Le Ruse", "Conquest", "Blunt", and my new favorite "The Dirty Dirty" - with a thumping drum & bass line.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Minneapolis, MN, indie rock classicists Tapes 'n Tapes formed in the winter of 2003, when guitarist/vocalist Josh Grier (aka "Tapes 1"), bassist Matt Kretzmann ("'n") and guitarist Steve Nelson ("Tapes 2") began crafting a sound that harked back to the Pixies and Pavement and also recalled more contemporary bands like the Shins. Nelson left the band, with drummer Karl Schweitz becoming the band's second "Tapes"; this lineup recorded the Tapes 'n Tapes EP in early 2004, recording in a cabin in Wisconsin....
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