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  • Summary: This seven-song follow-up to 2004's 'Blue Cathedral' adds a bit more melody and cleaner sound to the band's usual noise assault.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Avatar is further proof that Comets On Fire are one of the most relevant bands of this decade. [Sep 2006, p.214]
  2. Their most accomplished and astounding album to date.
  3. Avatar is truly an exceptional record.
  4. More often than not, Avatar is stunningly beautiful, even if the definition of that word needs to expand a bit to embrace it.
  5. 80
    If their ultraviolet jams can sometimes get lost in the gaze, here they're balanced with more crisp songcraft. [Aug 2006, p.107]
  6. Ultimately, Avatar’s change in direction is hardly an unpleasant one, partially because it’s really fun to lip synch “Let it burn / Let it bleed!” while playing the air guitar on your knees, but mostly because it still rocks frighteningly hard.
  7. Yeah, they're good at what they do, but what they do is just not that palatable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BenS
    Aug 9, 2006
    10
    Awesome...
  2. ZacharyRuby
    Aug 9, 2006
    10
    Blisteringly rad. My old friends have really gotten good.
  3. Goat
    Aug 9, 2006
    10
    Mind blowingly amazing. One foot in the past and one foot in the future and boots high in lysergics. Best tasted through a haze of smoke.
  4. AlexB
    Aug 26, 2006
    9
    This album is only subdued in comparison to Comets on Fire's previous work, Blue Cathedral, but Avatar still rocks hard on many of the This album is only subdued in comparison to Comets on Fire's previous work, Blue Cathedral, but Avatar still rocks hard on many of the tracks. However, the focus on keyboard-centered pieces and the move away from noise-rock stylings means this album is a little more casual but in no way is it a sellout. The Comets continue to make uniquely psychedelic indie rock. Expand
  5. KevinM
    Sep 16, 2006
    8
    Rockin' stuff
  6. petey
    Aug 25, 2006
    5
    it's poo. a declining set of returns from the comets since 'field recordings.' unfortunate!
  7. Aug 18, 2010
    1
    the only reason i kind of enjoyed this movie is because my brother was repeating the lines in engrish, yes engrish. other than that, i truelythe only reason i kind of enjoyed this movie is because my brother was repeating the lines in engrish, yes engrish. other than that, i truely despised this movie. it was a waste of sam worthingtons acter ability, and im not even sure he is a good actor. a complete rip off of many different movies such as dances with wolves. when i heard that people in the theaters clapped when they saw the us marines get killed i felt like shooting james cameron in the face while shouting "yea get some mofo" im thinking about enlisting in the marines, and i hate the way this movie portrays them. its worse than the marines in jarhead (although i still liked jarhead). unfortunatly my brother bought this movie on blu ray instead of hurt locker which was a much much better movie. dont get mad at me for saying that because metacritic agrees with me!!!!! hell yea!!!!!!!!!! Expand