Ex Hex - Mary Timony
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  • Summary: Fugazi drummer Brandon Canty produced this third solo disc for ex-Helium leader Timony, who is joined here by guitarist Devin Ocampo.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. It’s particularly satisfying to hear confident music like this, played with the fiery purpose of those who pioneered it over the last two decades.
  2. 83
    The ballads are still as pretty as her fan base of shy piano students and unicorns. [May 2005, p.110]
  3. Ex Hex can't really be called a return to form because Timony never lost it in the first place, but it's probably the most immediately appealing album in her solo career for Helium fans who missed that band's bite on her other albums.
  4. Timony sounds fresh and honest again, instead of encased in the anachronistic amber of songs about dragons, fairies and dungeons.
  5. She's ditched the medieval allusions to dragons and fairies and most of the courtly, classical sound that marked so much of the later Helium material and her early solo material. But what results in many ways sounds like a rehash of her previous work.
  6. When Timony's new formula works, it works fabulously, breathing new life into her material.
  7. Even at her poppiest here, this is still chunky, dissonant, and dense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. Dan..........NJ
    Jul 20, 2005
    10
    Mary's totally one-of-a-kind. And this kind of music is when she's at her absolute best (though Mountains WAS pretty damned Mary's totally one-of-a-kind. And this kind of music is when she's at her absolute best (though Mountains WAS pretty damned awesome...i gave it 4 1/2 stars in the University paper)...fuzz-box guitar and a distinctively angel/harpy voice spitting the smartest slacker lyrics you'll ever hear. Dirt of Luck and Magic City may be the masterpieces, but Ex Hex is like a mature progression of the sound of a song like 'xxx' (which, coincidentally, i saw the video for on Beavis and Butthead in 94, and was thusly introduced to the land of Helium. Man, even the singles and EPs were classic!). She's just as genius as she's ever been (and both hearing the album and seeing her play twice in the past month made this crystal clear). And of course it can't hurt that she's the best female guitarist ever. The one thing you should know is that Ex Hex (much like Sleater-Kinney's 'The Woods') needs about 3 or 4 good listens before you should even bother trying to form an opinion. Expand
  2. jackm
    Apr 24, 2005
    10
    best yet! forceful, evocative, emotional, great stuff!
  3. aa
    Jun 18, 2005
    9
    as a long time helium/mary t fan, i initially didn't get this album. when i saw her live with drummer devin, i was completely blown as a long time helium/mary t fan, i initially didn't get this album. when i saw her live with drummer devin, i was completely blown away. they are an amazing force. and this album just plain rocks. Expand
  4. DebiB
    Mar 28, 2007
    9
    Excellent record--my favorite of 2005. Some of it is disjointed, but the great moments are truly stellar and outweigh any problems. If I had Excellent record--my favorite of 2005. Some of it is disjointed, but the great moments are truly stellar and outweigh any problems. If I had the money I'd buy a copy for all my friends. That's how much I like it. Expand
  5. Dreampop
    May 13, 2005
    8
    Good songs but needs to have a fuller sound with a whole band. The guitar and drums rock and she seems to be heading in a better direction Good songs but needs to have a fuller sound with a whole band. The guitar and drums rock and she seems to be heading in a better direction but I'm comparing it to Heliums Dirt of Luck which I give a 10. Still it beats any music on top 40 radio which at the highest could get a 5. Expand