Steven Chen
October 01, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s no accident that the slow epiphanies, via minor chords and breathy introspection, on Earlimart’s fourth album plunge you deep into Elliott Smith land. Most of Treble & Tremble is about the band’s late friend, making its early-morning melancholy and simple request to ”take care of your heart” nothing short of gut-wrenching. On ”All They Ever Do Is Talk,” singer Aaron Espinoza explains, ”Nothing’s good until it hurts.” For this record in mourning, that’s especially true.

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