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|4.0 excellent||TheAlmightyBungler | July 27th 10|
an incredibly awkward, out-of-left-field cover album that manages to still work out greatly in the end. This album isn't for the hardcore Black Flag fans out there; it's for the Dirty Projectors fans who, like myself and Dave Longstreth, haven't listened to Damaged in a long-ass time.
|4.0 excellent||Zach Katonik | December 20th 09|
This is the work of a genius encompassed in talent. The flailing patterns of riffs form unique songs that you don't hear these days too often. At times the lead vocals from Dave become wearisome, but after realizing his innovative style is actually a breath fresh of air, it starts to make sense. The songbirds- Amber and Angel add beauty to the songs with their 'hocketing' and harmonies. Rise Above is an abnormal treat.
|0.0 ||goodnightsong | October 30th 09|
I despise this record like poison. It reeks of pretentiousness. I first heard the title track when I watched a live video of them performing it and it left such a bad taste in my mouth. This pretentious, effeminate hipster completely over-singing...with two vacant female hipster sidekicks harmonizing - then, to find out it was Black Flag's "Rise Above" that they were covering....yikes.
|4.0 excellent||AggravatedYeti | February 21st 08|
What could have easily been a bullshit phone it, comes out breathing new life into a classic. Though not really too similar to Black Flag's 'Damaged', save lyrical similarities, 'Rise Above' is still, a faithful re imagination of the hardcore classic. The Projector's Dave Longstreth wails and quivers his way around 'Rise Above', and at first, it's his off putting voice that is the albums biggest detractor. The tripled choir of female voices that join Longstreth's particular croon is nothing but a delightful break and really a fantastic contrast. Its in this that the Projector's really sell 'Rise Above', amongst it's awry guitar twangs and walls of distortion, a certain balance and groove is found in the vocals. The brash, almost annoying voice of Longstreth is compliment by the softer choir of women and in turn his voice really becomes quite beautiful. 'What I See', 'No More', 'Depression', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' are standouts on a fantastic retread.
|4.5 superb||sje45 | August 4th 14|
|3.5 great||Matski | January 23rd 13|
|3.5 great||4Train | November 27th 11|
|2.0 poor||Yotimi | September 28th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Mungo | February 10th 10|
|4.0 excellent||Ethan | August 10th 09|
|3.0 good||natey | April 1st 08|
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