Broken Ear Record - Black Dice
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the Brooklyn noise-rockers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It's the best post-retro, pre-futurist, avant-antiquarian psychedelia of 2005. [Nov 2005, p.226]
  2. It's flighty, frustrating, and at times a little frigid, but intelligent and never lacking in momentum.
  3. It's less glossy than either of its full-length predecessors... and in addition to a bit of grit there is a stronger rhythmic center to what is happening here as well.
  4. Although music lovers who normally don’t appreciate experimental noise will find some things of interest here, this is really an album for people who dig material a bit more avant-garde.
  5. 70
    This glorious racket... has a beating, hideous heart to it. [Oct 2005, p.76]
  6. 60
    The success rate is variable. [Oct 2005, p.94]
  7. Where Beaches blended human touch and electricity to create heart-stopping climaxes and an air of constant expectancy, Broken Ear attempts a streamlined repetition of the formula with much more emphasis on the electricity, and the whole does not equal the sum of the parts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. NickM
    Sep 16, 2005
    10
    My favorite album of 2005 so far.
  2. MB
    Sep 9, 2005
    10
    One of the strongest albums to come out this year. Pop brilliance from the boys who just won't let up. Intense. Rhythmic. Sounds from another world and one in which I'd gladly pitch a tent. And make sure to see them live. They stun. Expand
  3. MichaelG
    Sep 9, 2005
    10
    One of BDs best. What formula? That's just nonsense. AND the album cover of the year hands down.
  4. WalterE
    Sep 14, 2005
    9
    Fucking good, anyway.
  5. SeanT
    Dec 11, 2005
    8
    excellent sounds that i have never heard before.