Alter - Pleasure Forever
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  • Summary: The San Francisco rock band formerly known as VSS and then Slaves returns with a second album for Sub Pop in their current Pleasure Forever incarnation.
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  1. This is sensual, prophetic, dense and romantic, sumptuous and altogether eerie.
  2. Each of Alter's twelve tracks are structurally slippery, shifting seamlessly from style to style in a way that makes it almost impossible to accurately map their paths. The subsequent mazes can be disorienting, but it's the most thrilling brand of dementia, as well as an acute reminder of the tension and balance true songwriting prowess can build.
  3. The results are far more interesting than one might imagine, revealing an album that is imminently accessible yet refreshingly unpredictable.
  4. Decadent, theatrical, and magnetic, Alter falters only when the band's ambitions get the better of them, but the album's slight unevenness doesn't prevent it from being tremendously exciting.
  5. Alter is intense, brooding, and taut, perfectly utilizing piano, chaotic dissident guitar, and complex percussion.
  6. If vocal distortion is to indie rock what the vocoder is to commercial pop, then Pleasure Forever's Alter is Sub Pop's answer to Cher's "Believe." [Jun 2003, p.97]
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  1. Aug 30, 2010
    This is a good album. I happened upon it accidentally and liked it despite myself. Unfortunately, the album didn't take hold as the kids didn't really know what to make of it when it was released. Perhaps it will have a resurgence. Expand

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