Alpinisms - School of Seven Bells
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  • Summary: The debut album for the band led by ex-Secret Machines member Benjamin Curtis.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 90
    In Alpinisms, School of Seven Bells have themselves one of the year’s most intoxicating debuts.
  2. This is a lesson in tender restraint you won't want to miss.
  3. When SSVIIB play to their strengths--most of the time--the songs are so smooth that you lower your expectations for any strong hooks, as you would when listening to ambient, only to discover that you’re caught up in a glorious anthem,making this a kind of secret dance-music you didn’t know you were swaying to.
  4. School of Seven Bells, is a far more meditative and electronic affair dominated by former On!Air!Library! entrancers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, who sing in mesmerizing siren-song unison, even if they sound like a grade-A hookah-bar act at times.
  5. While impeccably arranged and charmingly sung, much of the album blurs together into a haze of boilerplate ambience with exotic titles.
  6. 60
    Its influences and allusions diverse, but fruitful. [Dec 2008, p.110]
  7. With a clearer eye to the cultures whose stereotypes they’re furthering, the Bells could have made a provocative connection between the European forms they’re comfortable with and any number of traditional Middle Eastern and Indian instruments and forms they’re interested in but not serious about.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. ScottT
    Nov 11, 2008
    Great album!!!
  2. BrendanS.
    Nov 11, 2008
    My favorite tracks are: Face to Face on High Places, Wired for Light, For Kalaja Mari, White Elephant Coat, and My Cabal. They write amazing lyrics too (see "Iamundernodisguise" and "Face to Face on High Places"). "Face to Face on High Places" is one of the best love songs I've ever heard. All in all, this album is great. Just a stunning debut. Expand
  3. seanm.
    Feb 5, 2009
    An indie psychdelic trip that does'nt leave you cold. Nods to Valentines and Cocteaus all mushed up with hypnotic rythms that make you sway with a smile. A real grower with minimum filler. Impresive and highly recommended. Expand
  4. Oct 2, 2011
    School of Seven Bellsâ