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OF NATURAL HISTORY

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.14 | 228 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This album, at the time iof this writing, is my only foray into the music of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. I doubt it will be my last.

The first thing I need to say is that this is not an album to just put on at any time of the day. I tried listening to it the first thing in the morning, on the way to work, and it is so jarring and aggressive that it just annoyed me. On the other hand, as an attitude adjustment album for the ride home, it works perfectly. The band's heaviness and complexity, mostly with time signatures, is just right after a day of stress at work.

My only complaints about the album are the vocals and the lyrics. The vocals alternate between overly theatric singing, almost operatic, and screams and growls. While this may plase some listeners, neither style appeals to me. And the lyrics at times can be facepalm inducing.

But the vocals are not enough to bring this album down from four stars. The music is just that good.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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