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Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

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  • Summary: The San Francisco-based band led by John Dwyer releases its follow-up to last year's "The Masters Bedroom is Worth Spending a Night In."
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  1. Uncut
    80
    It's an exhilarating racket, to say the least. [Sep 2009, p.88]
  2. You might not trust Thee Oh Sees to give you a ride home after a gig, but if you're looking for a seriously buzzy rave-up, Help certainly delivers the goods.
  3. Mojo
    80
    San Fran stalwart John Dwyer continues to deliver quality goo goo muck with his subterranean garage-psych combo. [Aug 2009, p.104]
  4. If you're a lifelong garage-rock purist or just enjoy the occasional Jay Reatard track, there's a good chance you'll get a lot of mileage out of Help. It's hard not to: This is like meat and potatoes prepared by a master chef--totally familiar but utterly delicious.
  5. On Help, bits of digital noise have worked their way into the sound, like the band is absorbing the textures of Dwyer’s more avant projects. Or maybe it’s just a crunchy topping to contrast with the creamy icing, because this is one cake of a record, as approachable as Dwyer has ever been.
  6. Save for a track or two, Help is indeed fully erect.
  7. It’s fairer to say that this album fails me because these 12 tracks are simply not interesting enough, especially for a band that was always so visceral and engaging.
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