Quit While You're Ahead

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Quit While You're Ahead makes a great leap from Tinsel's earlier work, which fell very much in line with North Carolina's indie-rock scene (Archers of Loaf, or, to some extent, Superchunk) -- the record takes Tinsel's songwriting out of standard territory, attempting a number of more varied and original pop constructions, and winds up finding a unique voice for the band outside of its Mid-Atlantic rock peers. The resulting album is far more artistically worthwhile than its predecessors, retaining all of the band's melodic rock sensibilities, but taking them into more mature territories.