In an article at CNN.com entitled "The Best Albums You Didn't Hear," Pinback's Summer in Abaddon is called "quite possibly the most intriguing album recorded in 2004. The San Diego duo has stepped beyond its early atmospheric experimentations and created a modern rock masterpiece filled with somber melodies and angelic grooves. Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV share songwriting and multi-instrumental credits. They have the uncanny ability to blend multiple styles into one cohesive pop song, creating a rich texture of sounds that rewards upon each listen. If the tight guitar riff on opener 'Non-Photo Blue' doesn't hook you in, the haunting chorus of 'The Yellow Ones' will eventually have you believing the hype."
CNN Headline News, 12-27-04