High On Jackson Hill - Immaculate Machine
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Canadian indie-rock band was recorded in Brooke Gallupe's parent's house.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. The disc sometimes lacks sonic oomph, and the mid-section is less unique, borrowing new wave staccato guitars and sing-yelping styles from fellow Victorians Hot Hot Heat. Things pick up again at the end with three slices of relaxed indie pop.
  2. High on Jackson Hill doesn't quite trump "Fables" the way that album outclassed its precursor, but it's hardly accurate to call this a disappointment.
  3. It might seem like a weird time for an up-and-comer like Immaculate Machine to put out what’s essentially a “transition album” this early in their career, but as High on Jackson Hill proves, not only is this band capable of pulling off any style they want to try, but they do so with good taste and undeniable charm.
  4. If you really feel you need another Canadian choral indie troupe in your life, this is worth a punt.
  5. Therein lies the personality crisis of Jackson Hill: The sole connecting thread for all these tunes is a band whose love for its craft just barely surpasses what a hodgepodge mess it often is.
  6. This is an interesting group and I would love to see them take more risks next time around. [Spring 2009, p.66]
  7. A letdown after Fables; whether haughty, homesick, or ha-ha, on the way toward frankness, the album gets bogged down in simplicity.

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