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A Silver Mt. Zion


Post Rock/Math rock

3.59 | 78 ratings

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2 stars The Weakest SMZ album.

This album breaks with the very quiet and sombre mood of the first Silver Mt Zion (SMZ) album, and instead adds drums and electric guitars/distortion. It is the weakest SMZ album in my opinion. It actually seems rushed, and the last few tracks are quite poorly recorded (to the point of the whole track distorting), which may have been purposeful but it is not musical. The quite sections here are also not on the same level of musicality as the first album. The slow sections do not hang there, dripping with emotion, like the slower tunes on the first (and later) albums, but instead they drag. And while I really love the SMZ lyrics most of the time, this is the one album where I find them a bit wanting. Not sure what happened. But thankfully, this was only a temporary set-back, and their next album ("This is Our Punk Rock") is really fabulous. I give this album 4.2 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 2 PA stars.

Walkscore | 2/5 |


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