Thomas Kaemmerling | Austin, TX | 09/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So Pinback releases a "filler" album, but even for filler outtakes and B-sides, this album floors me. Every few days I switch my focus on another song on Natical Antiques and think...this is my favorite Pinback song of all time...until I switch songs again and say the same.
It is such a treat to get the two versions of Messenger and Avignon, not to mention the original demo versions of Seville and Concrete Seconds. For a musician, life could not be better. We get to see what these songs were like in their early stages, and the changes they made to them to create the polished pop songs we hear on later records.
To me the standout on this record is "Water Runs". Pinback is a mellow band, but Water Runs is even mellow for them. So mellow it's creepy and haunting. I can't get enough of it.
This album is for Pinback fans. I would even call it a reward for being devoted enough to a band to buy a B-Sides CD. It creates a home for songs that should have been on Blue Screen Life, or This is a Pinback CD. So stop scouring ebay for $50 cds with Anti-hu on them, and pick this up."
Underrated, if ever a band was.
J. Nelson | Charleston, SC | 09/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pinback is one of those bands that scream oft-overlooked, until the "OC" anyway. (And you thought that show sucked!) But some of the best money you could ever spend, aside from the Decemberists' records, is Pinback's discography.
This one brings "Anti-Hu" to the masses, which is worth the money alone. Why it's not officially released on Amazon is beyond me."
Obviously a b-sides collection...
Tyler the music fan | KC, KS USA | 11/13/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I'm a HUGE Pinback fan. That fact alone does not make this a great album. It is a collection of b-sides and rarities, and thusly has a lot of inconsistencies in production, mood, etc. It does have some really good songs on it, but it isn't that impressive as a whole. If you already have everything else Pinback has to offer and thirst for me (like me) then go ahead and get this, but I'd recommend picking up the regular full-lengths and EPs first as this really is NOT representative of what the band is capable."