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Format: CD
Sku: 219422462
UPC: 673855039428
UPC 14: 00673855039428
Release Date: 2/15/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. You Turn Clear In the Sun
2. Please Ask For Help
3. 50 Ways
4. I Cannot Love You
5. Dirty Thing
6. Car Crash
7. Palm of Your Hand
8. I Got You
9. Fever Chill
10. Country Lane
11. Patterns
12. Gotta Get It Right Now

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Chris Walla.
Muze PNote Recording information: Jackpot! studio, Portland, OR.
Muze PNote Photographer: Michael Benjamin Lerner.
Muze PNote After working with his friend, producer Chris Walla, on Telekinesis' self-titled debut record, then recording an EP (2010's Parallel Seismic Conspiracies) by himself, Michael Benjamin Lerner decided to go back to work with Walla on the band's second album. While the debut had plenty of good songs, the over-stuffed and slick production sucked some of the air out of the sound. For 12 Desperate Straight Lines, the songs are still there, only this time some of the looseness of the self-produced sessions comes into play, and the end result ends up being a marked improvement. The energy level is higher, the songs are catchier, and it simply feels like a more assured and exciting record. The uptempo tracks like "Please Ask for Help" and "Car Crash" jump out of the speakers in a tangle of amped-up guitars, rumbling bass, and dancefloor-ready drum beats. Even though the mood is somewhat downcast lyrically, with a recent heartbreak being the main topic Lerner writes about, the energy rarely lags. The midtempo tracks in between the rockers have a less folky and more of a post-punk feel this time around. Some, like "Dirty Thing" and "Gotta Get It Right Now" (which sounds like a radio hit waiting to happen with its T. Rex boogie rhythms and singalong chorus) have a light-hearted pop bounce that was missing from the first album and is quite welcome here. On 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Lerner proves himself to be quite adept at creating really good, very energetic, and fun songs that hold together well as a complete listening experience, or which could be spun off as singles, or at least indie rock mixtape staples. ~ Tim Sendra

Engineer: Chris Walla

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/15/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MRG394
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00673855039428

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.84)
- "Darker, more propulsive, and flexing weightier production....There's barely a downcast moment..."

Spin (p.50)
- Ranked #12 in Spin's 'The Top 40 Albums Of 2011' -- "[B]lending crunchy riffs and wistful melodies with the beautiful, cockeyed optimism of youth..."

Alternative Press (p.99)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Precise indie-rock tunes with prominent, rumbling basslines dominate..."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "12 DESPERATE STRAIGHT LINES presses the right sort of power-pop buttons..."

Clash (magazine)
- "Even when his songs are lyrically dark, they're sugar-coated with an upbeat high-energy gloss."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Telekinesis
Product attributeLabel:   Merge Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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