For The Season

  • Record Label: Birdman
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. New Musical Express (NME)
    A disorientatingly great mess of free-jazz, space-rock and voodoo swamp music. [10 Dec 2005, p.37]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    Soupy and chaotic as it may be, there's something truly hypnotic about the indescribability of it all. [2 Dec 2005, p.81]
  3. Spin
    Instead of updating psych garage folk, they allow its corpus to fester in skronky breakdowns, churning feedback, and... a wicked spirit-medium session. [Jan 2006, p.91]
  4. Gris Gris' practice of bleeding their songs together in dissonance creates a roller coaster that renders 'For The Season' over before you've really realised it's begun.
  5. Uncut
    The Gris Gris are a challenging, intense proposition. [Jan 2006, p.113]
  6. Urb
    This isn't the neo-hippie folk of Devendra Banhart, but something far more sinister. [Dec 2005, p.96]
  7. They continue with their dark, shambling, lo-fi, black-magic psychedelia, but whereas much of their previous work had either sounded like direct covers or noisy filler, they've gained a great deal of control over their sound for this one.
  8. Lacking the emotional knack for jaw-dropping singles, the band succeeds in consistently churning out songs that would be solid filler on an amazing album-- a Magical Mystery Tour comprised solely of "Blue Jay Way"'s.
  9. While the album's ambitions occasionally get the better of the actual music, For the Season's intermittent brilliance is worth digging and waiting for.
  10. A bewildering kaleidoscopic whirlwind that retains edginess and remains splendid all at once.
  11. The difference... between For the Season and Gris Gris’s debut album is that the detours are less frequent and less distracting.
  12. The second album from Gris Gris may be the most eclectic cut-and-paste psychedelic freak-out committed to tape in the Lone Star state since the Red Krayola cut The Parable of Arable Land back in 1967.
  13. This could be any novice eight-track job recorded in a basement or garage, but at least For The Season comes off like the work of a real band for a change.
  14. Magnet
    On first listen, For The Season is pleasantly trippy. Listen closely, however, and it seems rather patchy. [#70, p.100]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. ToddR
    Feb 7, 2006
    Occassionally annoying, but mostly appealing neo-psych rock.
  2. RalphH
    Feb 6, 2006
    yes me face melt me brain tingle.yes
  3. dr.vannostren
    Feb 1, 2006
    grows on you