Aufheben - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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  • Summary: The latest album from the alternative rock band led by Anton Newcombe was recorded in Berlin with session musicians and features the return of original band member, Matt Hollywood.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Jun 7, 2012
    90
    Newcombe has constructed his most level-headed and consistently engaging record since ...And This Is Our Music back in 2003.
  2. Mainman Anton Newcombe is now sober, and here has made his best album since 2003's '…And This Is Our Music'.
  3. May 11, 2012
    80
    Music to take drugs to. [No.87, p.52]
  4. 70
    With each effort, BJM continue a transcendence from their early days feigning the swagger of their namesake's band toward a more complex realization; Aufheben is certainly no different.
  5. May 7, 2012
    70
    Aufheben may not be vintage BJM but it's still pretty groovy stuff.
  6. May 3, 2012
    63
    Newcombe is a master at turning the minimal into maximal, layering myriad swirling textures into a dizzying head-rush of a tune (see: "Seven Kinds of Wonderful"), but crafty production only takes him so far.
  7. May 3, 2012
    60
    Ignore the arch titles and you'll find some lovely psych pastiches. [Jun 2012, p.69]

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  1. Jun 26, 2012
    10
    This is music. Most important album of 2012. Easily.

    Some of BJM's best ever work. Everybody should own this album, on vinyl preferably,
    but choose your own weapon.

    Wow.
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  2. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    A band that reinvents itself and makes some of the most interesting psycodelic music arround. Very experimental and listeneable. You have to listen to it before it gets cult and remembered as vanguard. Expand
  3. Sep 10, 2012
    8
    This album explores the path further which BJM has taken since My Bloody Underground and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper. Like his idols Lou Reed and David Bowie Anton Newcombe searched for inspiration in Berlin and judging by the outcome this has worked well for him. A good mix of 60's eastern influenced songs, krautrock and shoegaze are found on this album. Highlights on this album for me are Viholliseni Maalla with a young Finnish singer, I Want To Hold Your Other Hand and The Clouds Are Lies. Expand