Lesser Evil

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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Montreal electronic producer Airick Woodhead as Doldrums.
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  • Record Label: Arbutus
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Post-Rock
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. May 29, 2013
    80
    While many artists choose to play it safe on their debut album, Doldrums has decided to take us on an untidy journey into his own headspace. Lesser Evil is an unflinching and unashamed document of that trip, like a travelogue of a doomed vacation through Woodhead’s brain.
  2. May 29, 2013
    80
    It's cacophonous and polyrhythmic, continuously falling apart and putting itself back together.
  3. May 29, 2013
    80
    It sees the Canadian doing what he does best--welding samples together obsessively, and wailing a lot over the top.
  4. Uncut
    May 29, 2013
    80
    Doldrums' frequently multi-tracked falsetto is the icing on an appealingly irregular cake. [Apr 2013, p.71]
  5. May 29, 2013
    70
    In the wider picture, this may not make the impressive strides 'Visions' or Purity Ring's 'Shrines' did, but there's every chance Lesser Evil can find an audience to smother it in all the affection it deserves.
  6. Magnet
    May 29, 2013
    70
    It's a warped ride overall, though not without some solid moments hidden beneath the surface. [No. 96, p.54]
  7. May 29, 2013
    60
    Lesser Evil is not without its merits, and there’s something here for those willing to wade through the murk and warped, fractured imagination of Woodhead, and you may come to realize that he’s doing something truly challenging.

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  1. Jul 6, 2013
    9
    Theres some great material here, the albums a great and promising debut for Doldrums. Songs like Egypt. Holographic Sand Castles and SunriseTheres some great material here, the albums a great and promising debut for Doldrums. Songs like Egypt. Holographic Sand Castles and Sunrise show the best of the sound that Doldrums has created. At times i hear Cosmogramma and others i hear Panda Bear but it doesn't sound all that much like any of them, its definitely some original work. Keep an eye out for this one, I know I will. Expand