Exploding Head - A Place to Bury Strangers
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  • Summary: The second album for the Brooklyn rock band is its first on Mute Records.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. A Place To Bury Strangers have managed to strike a perfect balance between noise and tune, and as a result created one of 2009's most ingenious records.
  2. Exploding Head holds as one of the most consistent, mind-blowing releases this year, unwavering of an any possible identity crisis.
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    Exploding Head is another raucous ode to My Bloody Valentine meets The Jesus and Mary Chain shoegaze. But that’s what’s indicative about this band--although its references are often cited; Exploding Head has that passion needed in reinvigorating a sub-genre.
  4. Exploding Head is a solid album that spits in the face of any sophomore slump expectations.
  5. More attention was paid to mixing, but the sounds captured are as deliciously brash as they were on the debut. [Fall 2009, p.56]
  6. This is A Place to Bury Strangers at their loudest, most relentlessly methodical, and, surprisingly, funniest.
  7. While A Place To Bury Strangers are obviously still in awe of the original shoegaze crowd, Exploding Head is a step towards sounding unique.

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  1. Mar 31, 2012
    9
    Exploding Head, in my opinion, is better than their self-titled debut. It's dark industrial sounding noise rock at it's best. It sorta has a new wave feel to it throughout the whole album. All In All, A Place To Bury Strangers has crafted a pretty strange, psychedelic mix of noise in Exploding Head. Expand