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
  1. TonyF
    Jul 13, 2006
    epic record in my opinion. huge step forward from their self titled debut, probably because they doubled the members from 3 to 6 and gave it themselves a much fuller sound with stronger tracks. standouts are tracks 1,2,5 and 7. get this if you like folk or psychedelic. Collapse
  2. danf
    May 27, 2006
    amazing and mesmerizing. espers have really grown as a group and put together a fantastic and haunting album. one of the best of the year.
  3. SteveL.
    Jun 15, 2006
    Definitely my favorite of 2006 so for. Absolutely, mind-numbingly, stunning. I love this album and cannot speak too highly of it. This is perfect, in every sense of the word. You can't tell the songs apart? Seriously? You aren't listening. This isn't "background" music, this is "stop everything you're doing and absorb the beautiful folk" music. This album is gorgeous; psychadelic folk done right. Expand
  4. MickeyR
    Jun 2, 2006
    beautiful, chilling, and hauting.
  5. BenH
    Jun 6, 2006
    Starts off with a great sound, singer has a nice voice, musicians definitely have the chops, but it just never seems to go anywhere. This is the kind of CD you can put on an endless loop and never know one end from the other. I seriously doubt most people will find themselves trying to find some quiet time to give this one another listen - its background music. Yes Dave A. - it is boring. Expand
  6. DaveA
    May 27, 2006