The Postmarks, 'By-the-Numbers' (Unfiltered)

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By-the-Numbers
Critical Mass
Label: Unfiltered

by Jon Young

Gimmicky yet compelling, the delicate second album by Miami's Postmarks presents 11 numerically titled covers in ascending order, plus Sesame Street's cute "Pinball Number Count." Languid Tim Yehezkely sings like she's dissolving into the mist, staying true to the elegant anxiety of Bowie's "Five Years" and transforming Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" into a touching reverie. If the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" seems limp, the Bond theme "You Only Live Twice" and the Ramones' girl-group ode "7-11" highlight the trio's gift for mining genuine emotion from quaint styles.

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