Slowest Train in the World

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Slowest Train in the World is far, far more sophisticated than its cover might suggest -- it's an incredibly pleasant and remarkably composed pop collection, with occasionally baroque arrangements of saxophone, flutes, and keys floating over its harmonic, piano-based pop tunes. The result is a record with the warmth and intimacy of a slow-core band ("Pristina, Skitchy, and Joan") and the orchestrated pop sensibilities which would become prominent as the '90s wore on -- and tracks like "Map" (which begins with acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies, then winds through odd progressions until synth pads come sweeping in) seem to get past both of these references into surprisingly sophisticated realms.

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