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  • Summary: The Sacramento, Calif. noise-rock duo of Spencer Seim and Zach Hill each claim a disc to themselves on this 2-CD third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Church Gone Wild/Chirpin Hard may not be exactly groundbreaking or revolutionary, but it's the kind of idiosyncratic release that reminds experimentalism to laugh when something's funny.
  2. At nearly two hours long, Church Gone Wild/Chirpin Hard is anything but a precise masterstroke. It is, however, a flawed, majestic account of what can happen when a band splits down the middle to compose on their own terms, with no artistic differences and no coalescing of ideals.
  3. 80
    Combined, you have the best blotter soundtrack ever. [Jun 2005, p.78]
  4. Aside from Church Gone Wild’s best moments, there’s not much material here that can compare with the intelligence and distinctiveness of the duo’s best work.
  5. Chirpin Hard makes you feel like you're getting chased by a swarm of giant mosquitoes in a scrolling Mega Man hellscape circa 1992, while Church Gone Wild is a nerve-shattering whirlwind of atonal chaos. [May 2005, p.168]
  6. 58
    To divide Hella's mind is to hack their talent in half. [May 2005, p.105]
  7. The Hella boys have immeasurable talent, as proven by their past (and better) releases; unfortunately, Church Gone Wild/Chirpin Hard has nothing but complete disregard and contempt for talent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5