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  • Summary: This is the first studio album for the band since adding new drummer Emil Amos.
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  1. While everything is kept at a smoulder--the words unclear, the tempos slow--this new Om album is anything but boring.
  2. 80
    The religious theme intimated by the title ensures that there is more going on with each track than mere mindless dirge. [Nov 2009, p.99]
  3. If more church music sounded like what Cisneros, Amos, and Albini achieve on God Is Good, then maybe those pews would be a little fuller, too.
  4. 70
    No matter the new producer (Steve Albini), new label, or new percussionist (Emil Amos replacing Chris Hakius), Om's droning bass/drum take on heavy metal still resounds.
  5. In general, the album is sequenced awkwardly. The first two tracks have vocals and are around 19 and seven minutes long, respectively.
  6. God is Good is a more confused creation, more like two EPs than a concerted record.
  7. While Om is seeking some sort of transcendence through music, God is Good takes far too long to get started, rendering the second half too little too late.

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