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Sebadoh: Harmacy (Sub Pop) ***½

Mark Kemp, Rolling Stone, 5 September 1996

FOR YEARS, the '60s-garage-style dissonance and folk-inspired melodicism of this prolific indie band have been associated with the low-fi movement. But Sebadoh really make high-risk music. The heart of the band is singer/songwriter Lou Barlow, whose achingly sensitive lyrics effectively dissect the frustration and awkwardness of tangled male-female relationships. In the post-cock-rock world, Barlow is the male Liz Phair, and the 19-song Harmacy is his band's best album to date.

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