Collisions - Calla
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  • Summary: The New York band returns with a third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Among contemporaries, Calla now stand alone, making dark, beautiful, intensely understated music that's as much landscape as narrative story.
  2. On Collisions, the band wipes the sleep out of its eyes and produces a set of songs that is more inspired and vital, even if it's equally embittered and dejected.
  3. 80
    Calla aren't only as unique as NYC new wave gets... but beautifully tense too. [Feb 2006, p.103]
  4. They still get a thumbs up in the sonic department, and their songwriting is certainly to my liking; but that quality of elusiveness that made their prior albums a journey of discovery seems to be missing.
  5. To call it derivative would be to overlook the band's ability to craft thoughtful, engaging rock. [#10, p.105]
  6. It sounds as if the band's batteries are steadily running out. Confidence ebbs, emotions run flat, the songs become more and more inconsequential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. AndreaK
    Feb 17, 2006
    10
    Fantastic album! My favorite Calla CD to date.
  2. PeteM
    Oct 24, 2005
    9
    Very nice! That about sums it up.
  3. LiamF
    Dec 4, 2006
    9
    'Collisions' is the perfect follow-up to 'Televise'. Continuing in the dark, epic vein, the album is in equal parts 'Collisions' is the perfect follow-up to 'Televise'. Continuing in the dark, epic vein, the album is in equal parts consuming and uplifting, with the anthemic characteristics and experimental yet catchy style of ' the bends' and 'ok computer' radiohead, and some songs songs are reminiscent of a low-tempo Cave In. Although they remain a band in control of their own style and direction, they are very fluid which allows them to be accessible, with Aurelio Valle's voice a unique and refreshing feature. Calla are so much more than the sum of their influences. Surely material like this will ensure their fanbase grows and they will gain the popularity they deserve. Expand