Giving - Collections of Colonies of Bees
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  • Summary: This is the final album with Jon Mueller and Thomas Wincek, who both left the the Milwaukee instrumental six-piece in 2010.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 9, 2011
    83
    Giving aggressively stakes out its territory, never wasting a moment--or a percolating bubble of sound--as it barrels thrillingly forward.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    The Milwaukee-based post-rock sextet pretty much turns its back on proggish theatrics this time around, instead crafting tracks so organic, they could pass for natural phenomena.[#81, p. 54]
  3. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    It is a record that is confident, assured, and adventurous.
  4. Dec 12, 2011
    80
    If rock is indeed dead, then albums like thus are its extended intelligent coda, its sustained afterburn. [Jan 2012, p.82]
  5. Aug 12, 2011
    70
    Giving seems to go on and on towards some distant, perhaps unreachable horizon.
  6. Aug 11, 2011
    68
    This is rock music that has come almost completely unstuck from the blues, with a sleek, relentless drive subbing in for swing.
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    60
    "Lawns" provides an easygoing contrast in turn, keeping the general propulsion of the album going but feeling like an easy swing into a West Coast sunset instead of launching a rocket to the moon.

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