Echo Ono - Pontiak
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Virginia psych-rock band formed by brothers Jennings, Lain, and Van Carney was recorded at their rebuilt studio using only analog equipment.
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 7, 2012
    85
    It represents the peak of their career to date, excising the self-indulgent tendencies of before and replacing it with raw, spontaneous, and unfettered power and release that simultaneously addresses the visceral and refined.
  2. Mar 7, 2012
    80
    A well crafted album that takes a fascinating journey through the history of American rock music, geography and pharmaceuticals.
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    80
    The overall sound feels live, where Van's ear-splitting power chords might drop out briefly during a verse, only to return right when it's time to drive things home.
  4. Mar 7, 2012
    70
    With Echo Ono, despite their disposition to meaty and minimalist hard rock, Pontiak have shown that there is music beyond what they know.
  5. Mar 19, 2012
    60
    Echo Ono is a good slab of rock and roll that wastes no time doing anything other than being genuine.
  6. Mar 14, 2012
    50
    It's so generic it could be sold in a supermarket basics range. [Apr 2012, p.83]
  7. Mar 21, 2012
    50
    It's a cleanly produced album, sure, but it lacks the attitude of the era from where it came, the 1970s.

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