Devotion

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February 22, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

This Baltimore band manages to conjure an impressive, enveloping sound for a mere two-piece. The lo-fi arrangements on their second full-length, Devotion — a faint organ riff here, a distant chime there, a mournful chant floating above it all — smartly tease the border between ”pretty” and ”eerie.” But the tempos range from leisurely to glacial, and the songs often feel as if they’ve been left half-written. Despite the gorgeous production, listening to 11 of these ragged dirges in a row requires unconditional Devotion. B

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