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  • Summary: The debut album for the band led by ex-Secret Machines member Benjamin Curtis.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. What pushes these songs past mere worship involves cunning collisions of robust rhythm, caressing noise, and heavenly melody, with each element equally crucial. Good shoegaze/dream-pop bands mastered one of them; the most exceptional of the heap, like this group, had all three down.
  2. This is a lesson in tender restraint you won't want to miss.
  3. Alpinisms is an undoubtedly singular album, setting the bar quite high for this burgeoning trio.
  4. Alpinisms could have used a few more of those moments, when the sounds overtake each other and induce a sense of blissful surrender.
  5. While impeccably arranged and charmingly sung, much of the album blurs together into a haze of boilerplate ambience with exotic titles.
  6. Like the band members themselves, Alpinisms is full of promise and obvious talent but would benefit from a more clearly defined direction.
  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
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  1. ScottT
    Nov 11, 2008
    10
    Great album!!!
  2. BrendanS.
    Nov 11, 2008
    10
    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 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
    9
    An indie psychdelic trip that does'nt leave you cold. Nods to Valentines and Cocteaus all mushed up with hypnotic rythms that make you 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. Collapse
  4. Oct 2, 2011
    8
    School of Seven Bellsâ