Damage - Blues Explosion
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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 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. Damage is definitely more up-front about its hip-hop influences than past Blues Explosion records, but the core Blues Explosion identity remains intact.
  4. JSBE fans will recognize this rechristened and evolving Blues Explosion and are very likely to enjoy it just as much.
  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
    best they've done so far. Loved the extra DVD too