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Long Day
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Seasons
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We Could Be Others
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Rising To Sleep
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Kilometers And Smiles
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Home Is Where We Are
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Postcards
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Tame On The Prowl
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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.19.10
Medications, Completely Removed
2010 | Label: Dischord Records

Intricate and complicated: those two words that spring to mind when listening to the third record from DC duo the Medications. Made up this time of only Devin Ocampo (ex-Smart Went Crazy) and Chad Molter (ex-Faraquet) after the departure of drummer Andy Becker, The Medications turn their attention toward constructing an elaborate, often beautiful, latticework of guitars. On paper, this sounds heady and dry, but the results are anything but: "Long Day" practically… read more »

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When I first heard the Faraquet/Akarso split I found myself thinking "What a pretty sounding band. Shame the guy can't sing for toffee." Still, it had melody and complexity in buckets and Mr. Ocampo's inability to hold a note added to the charm somewhat. Over a decade and many records later I put this on for the first time and was stunned. All the obtuse jazziness and poppy melodies were in place but gone was the coy messines and in its place the sound of a truly accomplished set of musicians projecting everything they have to give. It takes a while to notice the complexity of the songs, so strong is the sense of melody and rhythm. While it doesn't really sound like Pink Floyd, it's heavily reminiscent of their ability to make extraordinarily accomplished songwriting produce an end result that can be sung in the shower. One for the musos but also a record for anyone looking to listen to unusual music that doesn't disappear up its own fudge tunnel in a shower of unlistenable irony.

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Very solid album

pleasuredome

Good variety in the songs -- new stuff on every track. Little more precise than the last album, and a bit brighter. This one has stuck around for many plays. I'd recommend it!

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Post-rock may have hit its peak in the ‘90s, but a handful of bands successfully carry the torch. Comprised of two past members of Smart Went Crazy and Faraquet, Medications are one such act. While staying true to their math roots with angular guitar noodling and clever syncopation, their pop hooks shine on Completely Removed to keep them in line with contemporary indie artists. If their self-titled debut felt like one long Mars Volta suite, their follow-up is more like a compilation of Field Music singles, with a greater adherence to melody and constructing simple verse/chorus songs out of the twisty instrumentation. A reason for this mild change in style is the departure of drummer Andrew Becker. Remaining members Devin Ocampo and Chad Molter wrote the majority of songs themselves, prior to the joining of studio hand Mark Cisneros, who came up with his drum parts and added keys and vibes after the songs were nearly completed. A more tightly knit writing process resulted in arrangements that rely less on the aggressive riffage that showcased Your Favorite People All in One Place and more on Ocampo’s warm, airy voice. While this may sound like a bland step backwards for fans of the genre, a perfect balance is achieved; the hooks are strong enough to reward casual listeners and the musicianship is still mighty impressive. – Jason Lymangrover

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