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Review Text At their best, the Aluminum Group craft gorgeously lush and airy chamber-pop on a par with the finest the genre has to offer; at their worst, they sound like a second-rate Magnetic Fields, with vocals eerily like the coffin-creaking of Stephen Merritt but without the biting lyrical wit or the uncanny melodic sophistication. Fortunately, the Aluminums' strengths typically win out on Plano -- for every misstep like the terribly-derivative synth-pop of "Angel on a Trampoline," there's a melancholy gem like the opening "Chocolates," "The Mattachine Society" or "Star Wish" which verges on absolute perfection. Also like the Magnetic Fields, the songs of the Navin brothers frequently portray a frank and unsentimental homoerotic worldview, but ultimately the record is much less about sexuality than it is universal emotional truths -- expertly produced by Dave Trumfio, Plano, for all of its flaws, resonates with a timeless and heartbreaking beauty. ~ Jason Ankeny

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Chocolates - 4:31
  2. 2. Angel on a Trampoline - 4:08
  3. 3. Boy in Love - 3:04
  4. 4. Sugar & Promises - 3:56
  5. 5. Mattachine Society - 3:57
  6. 6. Sunday Morning - 4:43
  7. 7. 9 Months Later - 4:35
  8. 8. Sad Gay Life - 3:18
  9. 9. Steam - 4:20
  10. 10. Star Wish - 3:57
  11. 11. Photograph - 3:30
  12. 12. Storytime - 8:49

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8/11/98 

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