Infiniheart - Chad VanGaalen
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  • Summary: The Canadian illustrator and musician makes his Sub Pop debut with this self-recorded album.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
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  1. As edgy as singer-songwriter pop gets. [Oct 2005, p.158]
  2. Between his willingness to experiment and a bountiful arsenal at his disposal, a spectacular range of dreamlike moods and sounds are created across Infiniheart's sixty-five minutes.
  3. Infiniheart is too bright, too beautiful, and almost too good to be believed.
  4. 80
    At an hour long, Infiniheart occasionally feels infinite, but moments of perfection make VanGaalen's meanderings seem a necessary part of the whole appealing coincidence. [#69, p.110]
  5. Rife with contrast and irony, Infiniheart plays like a series of short stories or films, somehow interwoven to a common conclusion.
  6. That's ultimately the sticking point with Infiniheart: VanGaalen's songs tend toward folly, yet it's impossible to discount his commitment to the material.
  7. Although annoyingly inconsistent, Infiniheart contains enough interesting tunes with odd arrangements and instrumentation to convince us that Chad Van Gaalen is a talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and is capable of producing engaging, lo-fi, ambient pop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
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  1. NathanM
    Sep 14, 2005
    10
    For 10 years, Chad VanGaalen has been toiling away in obscurity, producing his own brand of spacey folk music from his basement. His first For 10 years, Chad VanGaalen has been toiling away in obscurity, producing his own brand of spacey folk music from his basement. His first commercially available album - Infiniheart is a manic flight through sonic prairie wastelands. Mr. VanGaalen acts as singer, songwriter & producer on the album - a true renaissance man. Energetic, yet restrained. Collapse
  2. jah
    Aug 28, 2005
    10
    been listening to this for a year and a half without a break, just great
  3. MattK
    Sep 13, 2005
    10
    This is second only to Sufjan's "Illinois" in my book - spectacular song writing of the darkest variety. Great and extremely unique This is second only to Sufjan's "Illinois" in my book - spectacular song writing of the darkest variety. Great and extremely unique sound you will not find from your generic pop artists - very much a ground breaker. Expand
  4. RogerM
    Aug 26, 2005
    9
    One of the finer things to come down the pipe in a while. Dig it!
  5. JereW
    Jul 18, 2006
    9
    I like him better than Sufjan (they are often compared for reasons unknown to me). His second effort will do much better!
  6. matta
    Oct 10, 2005
    9
    Very impressive lo-fi album. All the tracks work pretty flawlessly together but I would be interested to see what some studio production Very impressive lo-fi album. All the tracks work pretty flawlessly together but I would be interested to see what some studio production would do to his sound. Still, stunning first proper debut and one of the year's ten best. Expand
  7. T-WiLL
    Oct 19, 2005
    8
    The single "Clinically Dead" will linger in your mind for years. The rest of teh album is a grower. If given the time, a rewarding listen.