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...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes (Interscope)

Yancey Strickler, Flak Magazine, February 2002

'It Was There That I Saw You', the opening track on ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's new album, Source Tags & Codes, begins with an improbably loud burst of guitars. Yet beneath this assault are strings, a cocky voice and cymbals that sound like they are being battered against a wall by gusts of wind — layers of sound that mix an adulation for the powerful wallop of a six-string with the careful orchestration of art rock. Source Tags & Codes is a perfect record — that's right, a perfect record — that enthralls with wonderfully precise melodies and jars with explosions of noise.

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