Alpine Static

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  • Summary: The Seattle instrumental quartet is back with a second Sub Pop release.
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  1. It highlights their talent for finding the core of invention within repetition, and suggests far greater peaks (and much greener valleys) in their future.
  2. One would think the standard tension/release moments would get tiresome, but most of the album has an energy that makes you forget about anything that might seem redundant.
  3. Dizzying psychedelic bong-fodder that requires neither psychedelics nor bongs. [Aug 2005, p.176]
  4. Alpine Static unquestionably contains enough rock fireworks to warrant repeated listens.
  5. If you treat their stuff like background music, it's going to act like it. Turn it up and let it in. [#10, p.111]
  6. While there's a noticeable over-reliance on antiquated classic rock bravado, there's plenty of space to explore here to keep the most discerning noise-rock fan interested.
  7. There’s just not much to get; these 9 tracks awkwardly move from one improvident moment to the next, collectively assembling a record that might elevate the mood of an extreme skiing video but does little to lift conciseness.

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