Antenna - Cave In
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  • Summary: This major-label debut for the Massachusetts alt-metal band finds the group willing to experiment with and open up its sound, adding more adventurous elements into the mix.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. This should be in everyone's stereo this spring, as it may go down in the history books as the Pet Sounds for the aggressive-rock world. [Apr 2003, p.82]
  2. The focus may be tighter and the refinement may be a little more obvious, but such things don't hold the band back on Antenna; rather they further the progress that has been showing itself with every Cave In release.
  3. Like both Radiohead and Foo Fighters, Cave In is a stylistic chameleon that rarely uses its freewheeling taste as a crutch to present self-indulgent material.
  4. A truly remarkable progression, and a great album to boot--Antenna is the work of a band that's constantly moving forward.
  5. 70
    Their most accessible, and arguably best, long-player yet. [Apr 2003, p.112]
  6. 70
    Antenna compresses the formula further, fetching up crisp, anthemic crunch-rock several notches above the inexplicably popular likes of Bush or Papa Roach. [May 2003, p.96]
  7. Antenna is lacking in every sonic department they previously thrived upon and sounds exactly what fans of old feared: immaculate, sterile guitar production; rigid, radio-ready song structures; and an end to the dynamic, cosmos-exploring sound that elevated Jupiter to a stunning success.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 13, 2011
    7
    I'm okay with bands changing their sound as long as the result shows soul and imagination. That's mostly true here, even on songs that at first blush sound fairly generic ("Stained Silver", "Beautiful Son", "Youth Overrided", "Breath of Water"). Too much of the rest is generic radio rock ("Inspire", "Anchor", "Joy Opposites", "Lost in the Air", "Woodwork") that is competent but passionless., Expand

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