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  • Summary: The third full-length for the quartet from Baltimore was produced by J Robbins.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The sound is bigger too, strengthening a band that's all guitars-drums-vocals sonics -- including Molly Siegel's yelping vocables, without which the sound's faux-tween soul and wise-ass tempo shifts would evanesce into abstraction.
  2. With J Robbins producing and the vastly improved sonics, you have a much clearer idea of what everyone is doing. Little things are important with this band, and here, you can actually make them out.
  3. Ponytail has rendered Ice Cream Spiritual insidiously infectious--and bursting with an oddly tuneful virtuosity that aches to share rather than show off.
  4. Lovably noisy baltimore scallywags come good with their second effort.
  5. Not recommended for people with heart conditions or pregnant mothers, but for those of you looking for visceral thrills, this is it.
  6. It is, more than anything else, the sound of a band having too much fun being good to try being great.
  7. The result is akin to bottling one of their energetic live shows, and it makes for a thrilling, if not altogether bump-free ride.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MattM.
    Sep 15, 2008
    9
    This album is fantastic! Every song is just as good as the last, and for me the vocals put it over the top. If anything they sound like deerhoof. These songs are surprisingly catchy. Beg Waves! Collapse
  2. matthewg
    Aug 25, 2008
    8
    this is a solid landing that shows a polished run on all chips in approach; theres nothing dispassionate about this album. i cant wait for this to hit wax. Expand
  3. JyotirmayaD.
    Aug 10, 2008
    8
    I love the pandemonium on this album... it's for lovers with a wide vision of what punk should sound like. Molly Seigal's primal vocals sound great alongside the two guitars (no bass) and wild drumming... It's all over the place and crazy, but it is tight at the same time. Expand
  4. DavidS
    Sep 12, 2008
    8
    Pure emotion. Awesome and a hell of a lot of fun. Somehow the album works perfectly, for what it is.
  5. AndrewJ.
    Jul 30, 2008
    7
    At first, the "vocals" put you off, drifting as they do into Yoko Ono territory, but there's just something infectious about it. The entire sound works somehow as an instrumental record--as if the yelps and squeals were just another instrument. Expand
  6. OliverC.
    Aug 2, 2008
    7
    Perhaps not quite as good as the reviews, but certainly satisfying for the noise rockers in all of us
  7. KatyA.
    Aug 1, 2008
    0
    Horrible, very overrated.