MILES OF TRANE RATING: YES MAYBE. My first listen left me unimpressed but the more I listened the less I could understand what I didn't like. I think part of it is that the album get stronger as it plays on, so they've saved the best for last and worked their way backward. This gives a weaker first impression just from the song order than the overall album gives when taken as a whole. I may start programing my music player to order the songs back to front. I look back on the process when I came to love My Morning Jacket. I didn't get it at first, and kept listening and listening because something about it made me want to like it, and one day driving back from an out-of-town court hearing "Evil Urges" suddenly clicked and I was a fan from then on. "Big Echo" gives me that same feeling I had initially with MMJ, so one day my opinion may be an unqualified yes. I have hope. Also, I'm tired from a long day and I'm pretty sure this album note shows it because, frankly, I'm not impressing myself here.
Review: The Morning Benders – “Big Echo” | Muzzle of Bees
Pitchfork: Album Reviews: The Morning Benders: Big Echo 8.2/10.0 and "Best New Music" tag.
The Morning Benders: Big Echo, Album Review at PMA | Pretty Much Amazing 85/100 and an interesting review that invokes an analogy to the five stages of grief.
The Morning Benders – Big Echo [Album Review] — HearYa - Indie Music Blog
As always, your own ears are your best critic: