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  • Summary: Leaving Sub Pop behind for a different Northwest label (Strange Attractors), the Seattle band returns with a collection of new studio recordings, rehearsal sessions, and a 30-minute live track.
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  1. 80
    This is music best heard in the dark, on your back.
  2. As a live recording, it’s severely impressive, and sounds far more like an obsessively premeditated studio creation than anything on Kinski’s last official album.
  3. By and large, the band works well in this context, but the first two pieces on the album absolutely dominate the last three, making them feel essentially superfluous.
  4. While Don't Climb on and Take the Holy Water is a nice change of pace and a pleasant excursion in the free-drone for an underrated guitar band, it lacks any real defining moments that would make it a more noteworthy and essential album.
  5. Compared to Chris Martin's solo work as Ampbuzz, Herzog's efforts can certainly be more forceful and less meditative, though often only by a matter of degrees.
  6. Not all Kinski fans will need, or even want, this disc, and the group seems to understand that.
  7. Sadly their rather airless space rock doesn't really lift off beyond a certain Ambient politeness. [#244, p.66]

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