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The Stills
Logic Will Break Your Heart

In the tradition of 80's nostalgia bands, like The Cure and Depeche Mode, The Stills bring an extraodinary amount of style with their debut album, Logic Will Break Your Heart. Song after song, the album is an explosion of indie-punk-goth, not unlike 21st century Joy Division prototypes like Interpol; equally stylish and musically intelligent.
Repetitive guitars and captivating bass lines pretty much round up the sound for this New York City band made critically acclaimed rockers. Logic Will Break Your Heart was a party to many critics' lists this past year.
Vocalist Tim Fletcher moans lyrics like, "We were lovers/we were kissers/we were holders of hands/we were make believers," in a way that would have made Ian Curtis proud. The aforementioned lyric comes from album highlight "Still in Love Song."
Every song is easily identifiable by it's echoed guitar notes and the clacking of intentionally clacky symbols. Though full of "British post punk influenced New York City band" cliches, The Stills are good enough to be cliche heavy. One of the more important albums among a slew of forgettable the bands. Get it, "the" bands?

Release date: October 21, 2003
Label: Vice / Atlantic
Rating: 8.0 / 10

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