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  • Summary: John Schmersal and Enon return with their third LP, which features an increased vocal presence by Toko Yasuda.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Simply, one of the year's best.
  2. Hocus Pocus is comprised of simple, beautiful songs, humbly Enon with all aspects of their trademark bite of irony, sarcasm, fondness and regret. [#5, p.101]
  3. 80
    Sadistically fun. [#60, p.97]
  4. If you can make it past the album's frustrating layout, Hocus Pocus proves a fine collection of songs by pretty much anyone's standards.
  5. If Enon were magicians, their crowd-gasping finale would be sawing in half the expectations of what a nu-New york band should sound like. [Oct 2003, p.122]
  6. While they still manage to skronk out with the best of ‘em, Hocus Pocus is still a little too mixed up, eclectic, unfocused, and, at some points, a little boring.
  7. Hocus Pocus is comprised mostly of fleeting moments of brilliance where it all just coalesces for a moment, and then returns to its MOR state of undeveloped garbage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. jims
    Sep 18, 2003
    7
    unfortunatly the fun and tough songwriting talents of shmersal are pushed aside as yasuda gets too much front time. Comparable to the rest of unfortunatly the fun and tough songwriting talents of shmersal are pushed aside as yasuda gets too much front time. Comparable to the rest of the Enon full releases, Hocus-Pocus is a step backward. Expand
  2. BenjaminBunny
    Apr 17, 2004
    5
    Easily their poorest album, the whole thing just sounds rushed and tossed off...why, Enon, why??