Group Therapy - Concrete Blonde
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  • Summary: This is the first album in nine years for the reunited Los Angeles alternative act, featuring three original members Johnette Napolitano, Jim Mankey and Harry Rushakoff. The 12 new tracks here include "Roxy," a tribute to Roxy Music.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 80
    The magic is still there. [#53, p.73]
  2. Napolitano's lyrics exemplify the "perfect turn of word" for which she praises Bryan Ferry in a tribute song called Roxy. [Jan 2002, p.98]
  3. 80
    [A] moody, edgy album. [Mar 2002, p.104]
  4. The band's playing is mellow and freer than their tenser past outings, and frontwoman Johnette Napolitano's voice remains pleasantly husky. But some of the band's beautifully gritty venom is missing.
  5. Though there's little here to entice newcomers, fans should rejoice. [Mar 2002, p.77]
  6. And if the new material never quite achieves Cohesive Statement status, it is a grand, welcome survey of the schizophrenic ingredients that make these three musicians such a compelling animal.
  7. The group's familiar sound returns intact, but the songs just aren't there; most of them fade into a distressing mid-tempo mush while plodding through the paces at half speed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. TinaC.
    Apr 4, 2002
    10
    Group Therapy is completely hip, and yet eight years later, though the inbetween projects have been great, its nice to hear them all togather Group Therapy is completely hip, and yet eight years later, though the inbetween projects have been great, its nice to hear them all togather and grown, way to fuckin go! Expand
  2. jyotirmayad
    Feb 24, 2006
    8
    Well done -- captures gothic moods with the janis joplin-like intensity of Napolitano's vocals.
  3. EricK
    Jan 11, 2007
    8
    Great introspective album for people who grew up listening to Concrete Blonde.