Pretend   Bones In The Soil, Rust In The Oil
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #59 for 2009

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3.5 greattombits | August 9th 10

Pretend's Bones in the Soil, Rust in the Oil was painfully overlooked in 2009. A sprawling debut that combines the beautiful subtleties of post-rock's greatest with the endearing honesty and uncertain melodies of American Football.

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4.5 superbAlabaster Jones | February 2nd 17

It's really no wonder Pretend take six years in between full-lengths when you take into account just how insanely complex and intricate their songwriting is. Complexity alone isn't going to make a band special, though, but Pretend knows that just as well as any other. Bones In The Soil, Rust In The Oil is a beautiful, diverse, and charming post-rock/math rock album. There are absolutely gorgeous guitars here, but the band place an emphasis on vocals and drumming that most post-rock bands simply don't do. The "twinkly" sound of the guitars isn't static either, as the band lends themselves to some heavier moments on tracks like "Holy Destination". It's wonderfully produced as well, as even though there's a lot going on instrumentally, each instrument is given space from the other so that the listener can fully appreciate everything they're doing. It's a huge album at nearly eighty minutes, but it's a downright exceptional listen if you're up to the task. It might take until 2021 for Pretend's next record, but considering the quality of this and its successor, it's worth the wait.

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3.5 greatWEAR EM IN THE PIT! | December 8th 15

Drags a little bit in the middle but picks up again in the last 20 minutes or so. Nice album, it's technical, but not overly so. Quiet beautiful and emotional.

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