II - Espers
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  • Summary: This is the appropriately-titled second release for the Philadelphia acid-folk group.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The main attraction is still Baird's and Weeks's haunting voices, which turn a risky experiment into a genre-defining classic.
  2. Espers II is both wondrous and troubling.
  3. It's part Fairport Convention and part Led Zeppelin at the band's most druidic. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.121]
  4. This is woeful, otherworldly - and wonderful.
  5. It’s the core songwriting beneath the band’s rich sonic layering that needs the greatest sharpening.
  6. A dense and intense descent into moodiness with absolutely stunning engineering and clarity. [Summer 2006, p.100]
  7. The band seem to be far too familiar with the sonic designs of The Incredible String Band and Comus. Espers II sounds more like a lovelorn impersonation of the music than a radical exploration of its possibilities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6