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Fear of Music
C'mon guys, no need to be scared - it's just a transitional stage! You've got 11 great songs here that range from a Dada poem sendup to tackling subjects as hefty as Heaven and Animals with unique grit and humor. And you've got Eno helping out without (quite) taking over. It's gonna be alright.
Whiskey For the Holy Ghost
Haunting folk for those that are feeling down & out, done 1990's Seattle style. Mostly stark, dark and somewhat hushed, without sounding brooding. Appreciated acoustic layering.
Live At The Witch Trials
The Stone Roses
The sound of a band with the ambition (and possibly talent) to become a new age-Led Zeppelin that, unfortunately, also happens to be extremely colorless and bored. Jaded maybe? Was there a difference at the time? Even Squire's guitar fireworks sound like they're on autopilot soon enough.
We learn that Rollins' rage is probably more effective with a backing band and that Ginn without constraint is equal parts sketchy and exhilarating. Maniacally odd enough for the occasional listen.
good kid, m.A.A.d city
Though it's an excellent album, the curmudgeon in me feels that this here "short film" spoon-feeds you a story that really just feels melodramatic and predictable at times. However, it does succeed at helping with the flow and large-scale feel of the album.
They further themselves from the punkier sound of their debut with excellent results. Exceptionally humorous, fun, strange and dark. Their approach to avant-garde is always interesting and never feels forced.
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