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Church with No Magic Image
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  • Summary: The Australian rock trio releases its first album as PVT, after an American band claimed legal rights to the name Pivot.
  • Record Label: Warp
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, IDM, Instrumental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. If their debut sounded like they listened to nothing but the sounds in their heads and tried to recreate them, this sounds like all they've listened to over the past two years is their own records, and subsequently tried to better them. They've succeeded.
  2. PVT more than carries the Warp Records torch, matching the label for restless reinvention and invigorating energy. Consider Church With No Magic, like Warp itself, a mix of high art and pop songcraft, music that will make you nod your head both to the beat and to a sense of real intrigue and admiration.
  3. They may be Pivot no more, but they're turning heads – and for all the right reasons.
  4. h each subsequent listen, the readout dial wavers more wildly between the 5 and the 9 mark, never quite deciding on where it will come to fall. The enigma that is PVT, then.
  5. Despite their changes, PVT remain as hard to pin down as ever, and Church with No Magic is admirable, if not exactly embraceable.
  6. There's an exciting and engaging mini-album here but, across the album as a whole, PVT seem to be straining for a gravitas that their music does not entirely justify.
  7. 60
    Sometimes excessive technological trickery gets the better of them, but there are some icy anthems. [Sep 2010, p.101]

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