Oct 17, 2019
80
Ambient, dubby, a little fuzzy at times - I approve
Oct 16, 2019
76
Darkness
Oct 16, 2019
74
This more David Sylvian-esque art rock’y mellow style suits them rather well.

Vocals are a little patchy for me is the usual complaint when Ulver go in for ‘proper singing’ and no surprises this has a couple of shakier moments in that department.

Still, one of my favourite Ulver releases.
Oct 15, 2019
71
Like a cross between Sixteen Horsepower, Tom Waits and the Tiger Lillies.

So gothic carnival stuff basically 👻 🎡
Oct 15, 2019
75
A bit more overtly psychedelic, tribal and trippy than his later output - this actually has more in common with Mercury Rev's 'Deserter's Songs' (especially that album's closer 'Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp') than it does with electronic 'soon to be contemporaries' acts like Four Tet, etc.
Oct 14, 2019
71
She sure gets miserable.
Oct 13, 2019
80
Mellow 'Sin City' ambience
Oct 11, 2019*
72
A more natural follow up to 'Capacity' than 'U.F.O.F.' which is to say that this album's predecessor really tore up the script...and this one has reverted more to the sometime indistinct indie fare they peddled before.

Too many barroom band 'Cowboy Junkies'-esque tepid tempos - not their strength.

It's a drop off, the only question for me is how much of one.
Oct 11, 2019
78
In my review of 'Common as Light and Love...' I predicted:

'At some point in the future I expect Kozelek to start writing songs about listening to these songs as the man's self cannibalism reaches its logical conclusion. Y'know, based on the strength of this, I'd probably dig it'

The moment has arrived! Yes, Mark spends a lot of time here revisiting topics he's spoken about before and refers to the lyrics in those songs.

And I DO dig it.

Great to hear his words set against yet another new ... read more
Oct 11, 2019
96
Scorchio 🥵
Oct 11, 2019
39
When 'Everything Everything' becomes 'Not So Much Not So Much'

He's no great wit, sounds like an album of bad Flight of the Conchords pastiches all in the same couple of styles, painful really.
Oct 10, 2019
68
When the GOAT is also ass heavy
Oct 10, 2019
3
you'll trying too hard, just 3 this and move along

3 and move along

3

move along
Oct 10, 2019
47
Like Cake and Beck collaborating with a remit stating they have to work a little hip hop into the mix - so long as things don't go too far in that direction.

Guess I'm saying it sounds like the worst sort of bloodless, clever clever, drawn up by committee 'indie'.

Not working for me.
Oct 9, 2019
71
SoooooOOOOOOOOOOoooothing
Oct 9, 2019*
72
At times positively transcendent...at others unappealingly overblown.

Also it has to be said...an hour and 41 minutes is A LOT of that distinct voice.

Praise be, the good outweighs the not so good.
Oct 8, 2019
84
Red hot blisterin’ debut from The Drones - possibly their best at the first attempt 🎸
Oct 7, 2019
80
American primitivism indebted acoustic folk with some more classical and ambient flourishes - a detailed listen, and close to symphonic in places, but strangely also one that can be put on for relaxation.

This is a discography I need to explore further.
Oct 6, 2019
78
I’m hearing England’s answer to Parquet Courts.
Oct 4, 2019*
76
I concur, a user 79 and a critic 79

EDIT: ok now it's a Critic 80 and I'm unsure of my next move

EDIT EDIT: ok, I love you all, we go 76
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