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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. Although this is one of the most linear and easy-to-navigate Giant Sand records, some might be put off by the album's lapses in noisier and raucous dynamics.
  4. 80
    A noble addition to the Giant Sand canon. [Sep 2004, p.96]
  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