The strongest attribute of Silver Screen's debut lies in the album's simple beauty, with carefully crafted pop songs that owe so much influence to the shoegaze movement of the late '80s and early '90s -- as can be instantly perceived on the album's gentle opener. From there it's a whirlwind of airy and softly crooned lyrics, jangly guitars that are free of distortion, and quiet but effective drumming that is the polar opposite of the shoegazers' elder statesmen. This is as much an album for hopeless romantics as any Death Cab for Cutie record, and Cris Miller deserves that much recognition and more for his attention to meticulous detail after detail; like Todd Rundgren, he plays every instrument, sings the songs, and produces the entire affair. His songwriting and production are polished and keenly focused, and hopefully this is a sign of great things to come in the near future.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston