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  • Summary: No, Jon Spencer hasn't left the blues trio, but they have officially shortened their name for their seventh release (their first for Sanctuary after a long stay at Matador). With all the money they saved by cutting out those extra two words, they were able to afford an all-star team ofNo, Jon Spencer hasn't left the blues trio, but they have officially shortened their name for their seventh release (their first for Sanctuary after a long stay at Matador). With all the money they saved by cutting out those extra two words, they were able to afford an all-star team of producers, including David Holmes, Alan Moulder, DJ Shadow, Dan The Automator and Steve Jordan. Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 100
    For pure intensity and soul, Damage is now THE album in the Blues Explosion catalog, and essential listening at that.
  2. 80
    As overdriven and mutated a noise as ever they've managed, Damage also retains Blues Explosion's trademark sweat-drenched feel for soul. [Oct 2004, p.101]
  3. 70
    Thankfully, the results are still pure Blues Explosion. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.94]
  4. None of [the guest producers] manage to shift the band far from their roots--an intense punk Elvis growl that's impossible to replicate. [16 Oct 2004, p.49]
  5. Damage is a far cry from the stripped-down screech that made these guys famous. In its contrast, it calls out everything the Blues Explosion once was and now isn't.
  6. 30
    As limp as a broken guitar string. [Oct 2004, p.114]

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  1. abeh
    Mar 14, 2005
    9
    best they've done so far. Loved the extra DVD too