Alpine Static

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jul 12, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. There's no question of Sonic Youth's continued influence on Kinski. But Alpine Static is a progression within the context of the band's own discography, and that's important.
  2. Alternative Press
    Dizzying psychedelic bong-fodder that requires neither psychedelics nor bongs. [Aug 2005, p.176]
  3. You'll need patience and a handful of Ritalin to get through the second half of the LP, even die-hard fans.
  4. 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.
  5. Alpine Static unquestionably contains enough rock fireworks to warrant repeated listens.
  6. Each of these tracks will peel your face off and serve as the equivalent of hooking your brain to a nuclear reactor.
  7. 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.
  8. Kinski’s boldest statement to date.
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    Their driving, distortion-drenched compositions are all about getting somewhere you never reach. [29 Jul 2005, p.67]
  10. A shot of raw psych rock that's as adventurous as it is accessible.
  11. Alpine Static, while inherently visceral, is also emotionally gripping.
  12. Magnet
    The hooks fail to sink in, and Kinski is occasionally too clever for its own good. [#68, p.100]
  13. Mojo
    Experimental longueurs and lack of vocals mean this trip's not for everyone, but out-rock fans should get on board. [Aug 2005, p.109]
  14. New Musical Express (NME)
    Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge. [16 Jul 2005, p.50]
  15. Paste Magazine
    This nostalgic psych appeal proves ideal for impulsive summertime road trips. [Aug/Sep 2005, p.128]
  16. Kinski have the potential, the skill, the other requisite intangibles to be awe-inspiring, but somehow they keep shooting left of the mark.
  17. If you are the sort of person who thinks of cannabis in terms of how much you smoke a day rather than how much you smoke in a month or a year, then you are going to like this album very much indeed.
  18. Kinski seems too satisfied with going down the road that isn't less traveled, and that makes all the difference. This is a pity, because there are, in fact, moments of brilliance within these walls of cock rock impersonation and intellectual thievery.
  19. It highlights their talent for finding the core of invention within repetition, and suggests far greater peaks (and much greener valleys) in their future.
  20. 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.
  21. While they haven't completely redrawn themselves, Alpine Static does signify a step forward for Kinski with its unashamed embrace of guitar rock.
  22. Uncut
    This controlled bedlam is just the thing for fans of the similarly explosive, experimental and exploratory sounds of Comets On Fire, Oneida and Black Mountain. [Aug 2005, p.97]
  23. Under The Radar
    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]

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