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  • Summary: The Seattle instrumental quartet is back with a second Sub Pop release.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  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. 80
    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]
  3. Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge. [16 Jul 2005, p.50]
  4. Alpine Static unquestionably contains enough rock fireworks to warrant repeated listens.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    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]
  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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