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  • Summary: The experimental/psychedelic Japanese collective returns with their first album in five years, with co-founder Taishi Takizawa re-joining the group as a member (in addition to continuing to serve as the band's producer).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    Their masterpiece--the re-interpretation of Western rock history as some consenual power-prog dream narrative where Led Zeppelin and Soft Machine are more important than The Beatles. [May 2004, p.105]
  2. It's simultaneously the group's most successful integration of the various strands they've chased over the years and their most ambitious and expansive work to date. [#241, p.50]
  3. Hypnotic Underworld is a new high-water mark from one of rock's most interesting bands.
  4. The music is fantastic, but the sinking suspicion that there's something else going on that you can't possibly fathom becomes pervasive by album's end.
  5. 70
    Flutter[s] between commune jazz, zen folk and straightforward hippy rock. [Apr 2004, p.106]
  6. All told, one weird trip. [May 2004, p.102]
  7. 50
    It’s all very strange yet thoroughly intriguing, but it does leave you pondering the question of what direction Ghost are planning to move in next.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3