What Burns Never Returns

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What Burns Never Returns
Studio album by Don Caballero
Released June 9, 1998
Recorded late 1997, Detroit
Genre Math rock
Length 47:25
Label Touch and Go Records TG185
Producer Al Sutton
Don Caballero chronology
Don Caballero 2
What Burns Never Returns
Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[2]

What Burns Never Returns is the third album by Don Caballero, a Pittsburgh-based math rock band. What Burns Never Returns was released on Touch and Go Records in 1998 and was a reunion of sorts for the band—it was their first album after a two-year hiatus and it marked the return of original bassist Pat Morris.

The album is notable for guitarist Ian Williams' first significant experimentation with pedals and other electronic effects. This style would be prevalent in both Williams' and the band's subsequent work.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Don Caballero 3" 9:42
2. "In the Absence of Strong Evidence to the Contrary, One May Step Out of the Way of the Charging Bull" 4:35
3. "Delivering the Groceries at 138 Beats Per Minute" 5:49
4. "Slice Where You Live Like Pie" 5:09
5. "Room Temperature Suite" 5:31
6. "The World in Perforated Lines" 3:52
7. "From the Desk of Elsewhere Go" 7:51
8. "June Is Finally Here" 4:56
Total length: 47:25

Track 5 is a medley of the songs "Trey Dog's Acid" and "Room Temperature Lounge", both of which were released as a seven inch single on Touch and Go Records in 1997, then re-released on Singles Breaking Up (Vol. 1) in 1999.


Don Caballero
Technical personnel


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ SPACE CITY ROCK: Monsters of Post-Rock - Don Caballero's Damon Che talks about the band's past, his present, and the history of doing stuff

External links[edit]

  • TGRec.com What Burns Never Returns on Touch and Go Records