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  • Summary: Howe Gelb is joined by producer John Parish and singers Vic Chesnutt and Patsy Jean on his latest Giant Sand offering.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Gelb creates masterful songs for the ages.
  2. Some of the rowdiest Giant Sand music since the near-grunge of 1992's Center of the Universe.
  3. No one makes records that sound quite like this: a shambolic, atmospheric mixture of hushed tones, deadly distortion, tender poetry and rock and roll.
  4. His raspy, hushed voice is in fine form as ever.
  5. 76
    Gelb and the band make great strides in musicianship, shifting tempos, languages and sounding disjointed, elegiac and hallucinatory all at once. [#12, p.98]
  6. Though head-spinning, this collision of ideas retains some cohesion thanks to Gelb's sun-scorched songwriting that sees his acoustic alt-country efforts, in particular, shine. [Oct 2004, p.123]
  7. Musically, the disc feels jerky and distracted, as if Gelb was plagued with fragments of ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. GregJ
    May 22, 2006
    10
    After so many albums with so many great, great songs, how did Gelb & Co. manage to pull this stellar album out from nowhere? Like After so many albums with so many great, great songs, how did Gelb & Co. manage to pull this stellar album out from nowhere? Like Calexico's 'Feast of Wire,' this is the absolute peak of their capabilities and finally does what they have been doing all along, only perfectly. Everybody needs to hear this. Expand
  2. OlivierP
    Feb 18, 2005
    9
    A very good album Majestic songwriting
  3. eirike
    Nov 26, 2005
    9
    another splendid album by howe gelb and giant sand - after more than 20 albums they still amaze and delivers yet another gem!