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February 25, 2004

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The full-length Statistics album has come quickly on the heels of the self-titled teaser EP, but nothing could have been too soon considering the sense of wanting I was left with after hearing that disc. "Leave Your Name" presents eleven tracks of Denver Dalley's elegant indie rock laced with electro-pop. It's a mellow, sublime piece of music that's engaging and stimulating at the same time. It's the kind of calming music that would be perfect to wake up to; it's fused with just the right amount of energy to lift the spirits without as much as jolt.

There's some instrumental soundscapes on the disc just as there was on the EP. In what has got to be the biggest improvement since that EP, the tracks are strung together much more smoothly. It's difficult to tell sometimes where one track ends and the next begins. As a result, there's not much to detect in the way of filler; the album as a whole is immensely satisfying.

If a band like Sigur Rós provides the soundscape to the arctic circle, Statistics might just do the same for the North American midwest.

Punk International

Tim Krysko