Author: Matthew Murphy
12/14/2009 | Pitchfork.com | www.pitchfork.com | Album Review
Though it depicts the end of a relationship, a few things elevate "Don't Haunt This Place" out of any break-up song torpor. The first and most obvious of these is the phenomenal work by drummer Paul Banwatt, whose taut and frenetic playing provides the action with the heightened suspense of a jewel heist. But what truly changes the narrative's trajectory is the bracing vocal harmonies of Nils Edenhoff and Amy Cole on the song's choruses. When they sing, "We tremble in the night/ For the things we're wishing were right/ Because we need this oh so bad" the key words are the pronouns. This is not the sound of one person moping alone in a suddenly empty apartment, this is the sound of two people making the simultaneous realization that a real-world relationship means accepting some imperfections, a glimpse of maturity that signals that there might just be a future to this story yet.