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Post Rock/Math rock

3.93 | 75 ratings

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1 stars *** EHNC ALERT ***

Ugh! (I don't think I've ever used that word in a sentence before.)

I think the mission on this site is twofold: 1) Recommend the good and 2) Forestall the bad. And while the former should be entered into with great fervor, the latter should be undertaken only when necessary. Unfortunately, some albums simply cry out to have their rating reduced to a more realistic assessment of the contents, and this is one of those (I'm looking at you too, Haken). First obstacle one will have with this record is the narration/acting (?). Why won't they shut up. Please, just shut up.

Second, the banal storyline. I don't care. I quit reading bad sci-fi when I was twelve. And the worst part is that it only exists to keep that narrator talking. (See obstacle one).

Third, the music. After gritting my teeth through obstacles one and two, I was prepared to start having my four star experience. Instead, an insipid blend of trite post rock and crap we were doing on our four tracks back in the eighties comes oozing into my ears. Nah, this ain't going to work.

I'm familiar with the concept of respecting something but not really going to it for repeat listenings (Beefheart, later Coltrane, some RIO) and the concept of only getting something after repeated listenings, but this album fails the first and, for some reason, my play button simply refuses to work when it's selected. Oh well, maybe it's because nothing's really there.

[ EHNC - Emperor Has No Clothes ]
fuqxit | 1/5 |


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