(K)no(w)here - Wilderness
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  • Summary: The third album for the Baltimore band was created as a musical project with Charles Long, a visual artist.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. The record moves with an ear toward its broader gains as one song diced into eight, another crafty epic that takes its theme from this year's headlines.
  2. Three albums in, Wilderness's music is becoming familiar, but its familiarity is still consistently startling and creative.
  3. This is strong stuff that thankfully avoids falling into crass sloganeering, and the music backs it up, it's arcing guitar lines and tribal percussion generating a growing atmosphere of anxiety, outrage and disorientation.
  4. Despite the band's two-year hiatus, (k)no(w)here's incremental shifts-- slower tempos, starker arrangements, and the addition of McCann's high, keening backing vocals (which, somewhat disconcertingly, recall Journey's Steve Perry)-- advance the drama.
  5. An ambitious exercise of restraint, it's a lumbering beast that's minimal but still feels expansive. Epic, even.
  6. This album is the sound of a band at the top of its game, knowing its strengths and mixing them to execute a sound as best as they can.
  7. With ambition and expectation clearly larger than its execution, (K)no(W)here relies too heavily on its “concept” to drive itself, music being its afterthought and, ultimately, its title only communicates its direction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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