Closer to Closed is Braid’s first album since the band reunited. This short player has more of a post-grunge sound than the emo anthems of the band’s earlier releases. Some critics (ahem, Pitchfork) may bemoan the fact that this EP does not sound exactly like the band’s earlier albums. It’s been well over a decade since the band’s last release. It doesn’t have the same edge as the earlier albums, but it has something different, something still palpable. The sound is captivating. And, with only 4 songs, not enough to satiate.
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On a side note, I’ve got to rant to a minute about that ridiculous Pitchfork review. It is idiotic to dislike a new release because it doesn’t sound like the old albums. Truly great artists reinvent themselves. They should continually strive to create something new. Sometimes what’s new may not be as good as the old, but it is senseless to discredit change simply because it is different. If you don’t like something, give a substantial reason. Base your critique on the elements of the music, not on your expectations or personal desires.