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  • Summary: This second studio album for the experimental Elephant 6 band led by William Cullen Hart and Bill Doss includes the single "Hideway" among its 27 (!) tracks.
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  1. Insanely catchy '60s- inspired pop music in addition to sound collages, field recordings, drony ambience, cathartic noise, and outlandish production that makes Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" look like a cubicle divider.
  2. Time will tell, but Black Foliage has all the marks of a major pop masterpiece -- brilliant tunes, innovative arrangements, clever lyrics, a thoroughly adventurous spirit, and a musical depth that always reveals something new on repeated listenings.
  3. So maybe Black Foliage can be a bit self-indulgent and uneven at times (the short connecting tracks that recur throughout the album, for example), but such missteps go along with a brimming imagination that boldly explores the outer limits of rock's subconscious.
  4. Amiable multi-instrumental pop shuffles in the hazy mode of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, gauzed with intricate four-part harmonies and a host of sound effects, bump up against loping, kitchen-sink ambientronic instro-ludes in albums that seem created somewhere outside of standard time by art students with a serious pop jones.
  5. At its most generous, this may be the music of the young Brian Wilson's dysfunctional dreams. But at its most pretentious it's his bad trip.
  6. The Georgia collective's second album is pop at its most playful and the avant-garde at its cuddliest -- a four-act, twenty-seven-song fantasy trip in which structure and chaos keep leapfrogging each other.
  7. Over 27 unpredictable tracks that run the gamut from soaring Byrdsian harmonic rock to the sound of wind in the trees played backwards, Black Foliage is a marathon.

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  1. kinifD
    May 19, 2004
    10
    this is the defining cd of my past summer of drug introduction and best times with freinds...
  2. eded
    Jul 13, 2004
    10
    ... You're just a sleepy company, yeah, but that's alright... soundtrack to my last week in Vancouver, perfect
  3. JimR
    Jan 12, 2006
    10
    This is a fantastic album by an underrated band. It is a worthy successor to Dusk At Cubist Castle. Black Foliage has great pop tunes and the This is a fantastic album by an underrated band. It is a worthy successor to Dusk At Cubist Castle. Black Foliage has great pop tunes and the experimental music is good. The Olivia Tremor Control is better than Neutral Milk Hotel in my opinion Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2011
    8
    The point at which pretentious avant-garde nonsense and brilliant, brooding psychedelic pop combine to form an album that teeters on theThe point at which pretentious avant-garde nonsense and brilliant, brooding psychedelic pop combine to form an album that teeters on the precipice between pure perfection and pure annoyance. Expand