Author: Brian Fogarty
07/30/2005 | Exoduster.com | www.exoduster.com | Album Review
For Broken Spindles‚ third full-length, Joel Peterson sketched out the songs while on tour with the Faint and Beep Beep. You see in order for Peterson to keep up with his uber-productive labelmates on Saddle Creek, he needs to have his own hands in a hundred cookie jars. The difference is that Peterson plays significant roles as bassist in the juggernaut the Faint and upstarts Beep Beep, and Broken Spindles is entirely his own endeavor. This keeps him rather busy; a fact that is reflected by the short (26 minute), ten track offering. Relative to past releases, Inside/Absent is considerably more sparse and simple with a continuing allegiance to minimalist electronics and simple rock. At the same time, Inside/Absent is rather unfulfilling as many numbers seem like quick side thoughts and not fully developed. This may be a function of recording Inside/Absent on his own without the assistance of a producer or someone who could flush things out better. One appreciative angle of the record is Peterson hardy fascination with haunting piano as on the opener "Inward" and "Desaturated." Given the shortness of the record, Peterson might have done better by focusing on a tight EP rather than a quasi-full-length. Unfortunately, Inside/Absent is not the record that will get Peterson and his Broken Spindles noticed outside of Saddle Creek diehards.
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