Immolate Yourself - Telefon Tel Aviv
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  • Summary: This is the third album for the Chicago-based duo of Josh Eustis and Charlie Cooper (who passed away on January 22, 2009).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Immolate Yourself does a lot and does it all well, creating an album that adds explicit punctuation to an already shocking loss.
  2. These are chilling sounds from a dark place that, nonetheless, shelter the listener. Between the European and stateside physical releases of the album, Cooper passed away. Knowledge of that could only intensify the album's most passive spins.
  3. 80
    Immolate Yourself picks up exactly where they left off, with a sound much more mature and textured--coming complete with its owned imagined world--fully equipped with freeform dynamism of a celestial and delicate styling.
  4. Immolate Yourself feels like a transitional record from an act that was almost ready to make itself crystal clear.
  5. Telefon Tel Aviv have always been the product of two drives (both senses), but on Immolate Yourself, for the first time, the workflows of Cooper and Eustis merge a single, renewed vision. They go a bit poppier than they've ever gone, yet it's also their darkest work.
  6. The album conjures up equal measures of frustration and dejection, especially as it bears all the hallmarks of a band growing in stature, who may have just delivered on all that untapped potential on a finely honed fourth or fifth record.
  7. While it is understandable that Telefon Tel Aviv wanted to explore the styles conducive to being on one of the premier dance labels in Berlin’s robust music scene, it just does not feel right for some reason, especially in comparison to the fractured brilliance of their first two studio endeavors.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. LindaM.
    Mar 1, 2009
    To me, Immolatre Yourself is Magnificent...yes! it is a Musical Masterpiece!!! I listen to this Music to start my day, in the car on Josh and Charlesthe way home, while preparing dinner, to fall asleep and finally to inspire my Dreams!! Josh and Charles, I have and will always love all that you have shared with me! I love you! Linda Expand
  2. MattA
    Feb 7, 2009
    Awesome. Plain and simple. Great beats that mellow out your soul and open your mind.