Braid, Frame & Canvas

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Frame and Canvas

A mass of fist pumps, slow kisses and deep sighs: a near-perfect distillation of late-’90s emo.

If Braid hadn't split in 1999, there's no telling the millions they would be counting in the mainstremo era. Frame and Canvas is a near-perfect distillation of late-'90s emo, a mass of fist pumps, slow kisses and deep sighs. "Never Will Come For Us," in which Chris Broach and Bob Nanna trade heart-sick barbs, and "A Dozen Roses," a too-fast ballad (or too-slow rave-up) about — what else? — rejection set to a Polaroid-perfect guitar progression, were both tailor-made for crushed-out mix-tapes. Your sister loves this album, and so should you.