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Pinback, ‘Autumn of the Seraphs’ (Touch and Go)

Rob Crow and Zach Smith are perfectionists, and each Pinback album results from years of obsessive labor in their San Diego home studio. Their previous three albums were marvels of sublime prog pop, and there’s more of the same here, with the stately piano and rarified vocal harmonies of “How We Breathe.” But for a band defined by its hermetic, hypnotic rhythms, the replacement of longtime drummer Tom Zinser (by the Black Heart Procession’s Mario Rubalcaba and No Knife’s Chris Prescott) results in too many perfectly good songs that never quite approach greatness.

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