After Robots - BLK JKS
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  • Summary: The debut full-length album for the South African indie rock band was recorded in three weeks.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. After Robots exudes an energy and a lack of self-consciousness that is exciting and refreshing.
  2. 80
    Blk Jks's own voicee is utterly compelling. [Oct 2009, p.107]
  3. After Robots more than answers the call to hype; it breaks down the borders between countries and scenes, and it bears a message that it’s just as possible to create progged-out songs of unending complexity if you’re from Johannesburg as it is if you’re from Williamsburg.
  4. Whereas I don’t necessarily believe it a step above the Mystery EP, still ably showcases the talents of BLK JKS, their world-influenced musical hybrid a unique presence in an industry dangerously close to being oversaturated with no longer distinctive hipsters spouting tra la la’s.
  5. There are bits of jazz and dub, but mostly these guys want to rock. When they do it their way, they sound like nothing else.
  6. For the foursome's debut album, they've locked in their sound as a futuristic amalgamation that's liberated from flippant categorization. [Fall 2009, p.61]
  7. 40
    It's a promising thought to know there are musicians this deft and so easily able to push themselves through so many sonic boundaries at once--but in the end, the overt and ultimately, stifling seriousness surrounding it proves to be the largest boundary BLK JKS stand before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. gomad361
    Sep 12, 2009
    7
    Overproduction courtesy perhaps of the "tutelage of Secret Machines
  2. DonC.
    Oct 5, 2009
    7
    A debut album a bit unlike anything else in the indie scene. A bit muddled at times, but the lush arrangements and dub influenced rock-outs A debut album a bit unlike anything else in the indie scene. A bit muddled at times, but the lush arrangements and dub influenced rock-outs are absolutely worth a listen. I'd also ignore the statement that the songs are tighter and more focused live -- I saw them last night and the show was a disaster; an off-time mess with delay effects on absolutely everything. I'll stick to the album, thanks. Expand