Separation Anxieties

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Separation Anxieties
Separation Anxieties.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1, 2000
GenreIndie rock
LabelV2 Records
ProducerTodd Rundgren
12 Rods chronology
Split Personalities
Separation Anxieties
Lost Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork2.0 link

Separation Anxieties is a 2000 album by 12 Rods. It was the band's third full-length album.


Separation Anxieties was recorded on the Hawaiian island of Kauai with famed producer Todd Rundgren in six weeks. However, the band thought negatively of his performance. According to vocalist and guitarist Ryan Olcott: "Todd was under-performing. He was the last person to show up at each session and the first one to leave. He didn't care. He was just there to press record, read magazines, and drink Foster's. It was disheartening."[1] Adding to the sessions' troubles, drummer Christopher McGuire had left the band during the recording process after just three weeks, leaving the band to finish recording the album by themselves.


Separation Anxieties garnered mostly negative reviews upon its release. Pitchfork, which had previously given 12 Rods' prior work rave reviews (with Gay? receiving the website's first perfect rating and Split Personalities receiving a 9.7), gave Separation Anxieties a 2.0 out of a possible 10, with writer Matt LeMay panning the album: "This record is acid reflux, gastroenteritis, and dysentery all rolled into one."[2] Exclaim! also gave Separation Anxieties a negative review, with writer Cam Lindsay writing that the "melodies seem to have potential, but are then ruined by either the "futuristic-ness" or the terrible lyrics."[3]

However, over time, the album has garnered a more positive reaction among fans and critics. AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of a possible 5 and claimed that "the quirky pop edge that helped make earlier releases such a joy is still present".[4] Justin Vernon of the indie-folk band Bon Iver is a noted fan of the album, stating: "All my picks would come from the last two records. So insanely good. I went and sold 95% of my CDs and probably kept 100 or 150 of my most important records to me, and these two are list toppers." He also named four songs off Separation Anxieties as some of his favorites of the band's work, mentioning "Marionette", "What Has Happened", "Rock n' Roll Band" and "Glad That It's Over" as highlights.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kaboom" – 4:00
  2. "What Has Happened?" – 2:56
  3. "Astrogimp" – 3:57
  4. "Radioaction" – 4:17
  5. "I Think I'm Flying" – 3:56
  6. "Your Secret's Safe With Me" – 5:30
  7. "Marionette" – 3:04
  8. "You Gotta Go" – 3:25
  9. "Everybody" – 4:05
  10. "Rock N' Roll Band" – 7:14
  11. "Repeat" – 5:01
  12. "Glad That It’s Over" – 4:36


  1. ^ Thomas, Lindsey. "End of the Road, End of the Rods | City Pages". City Pages. City Pages. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ LeMay, Matt. "12 Rods: Separation Anxieties Album Review | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "12 Rods Separation Anxieties". Exclaim!. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Separation Anxieties - 12 Rods | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Allmusic. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  5. ^ Campbell, David. "Artist of the Month: 12 Rods". Local Current Blog | The Current from Minnesota Public Radio. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 16 March 2018.