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  • Summary: This is the fifth album for the experimental rock band from Athens, Georgia.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Life… isn't easy listening (the anvil-heavy ballad 'Roses' alone could drive the clinically depressed to suicide), but the improved contrast between upbeat and harrowing makes Harvey Milk's extremes that much easier to appreciate.
  2. It’s a grim journey, and often creepy as hell, but it’s by no means depressing. Mediocre music is depressing. This stuff is exhilarating.
  3. There’s not much else to say that you shouldn’t already know: thick, melodic and endearing, Life...The Best Game in Town is essential listening.
  4. Life has a wholly predictable uniqueness.
  5. 80
    The 10 songs here complements mainman Creston Spiers' whisper-to-howl vocals with startling dynamic shifts. [Sep 2008, p.106]
  6. Life... showcases a band that has carefully refined its sound, creating an album that is daring and experimental enough for longtime fans, but accessible enough for anyone looking to discover one of Athen's heaviest bands.
  7. All jokings aside, this record is downright GNARLY despite its hang-ups, impossible to wash from the soul and probably the thickest, grittiest substance you ever did see.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JasonM
    Apr 14, 2009
    10
    This album from beginning to end, is a masterpiece. I have been a long time Harvey Milk fan, and this album truly justifies why. Sheer brilliance through and through. Collapse
  2. CarlA.
    Jul 31, 2008
    10
    It's like having fun and not having fun at the same time. It's like being punched really hard in the stomach, and then realizing something fantastic in the moment while you're struggling to breathe. Come on. It's really good. Expand
  3. CecilP.
    Jul 21, 2008
    9
    What kind of retard gives this album a 1 out of 10 rating? These guys are brilliant.
  4. BocceF.
    Aug 15, 2008
    8
    I'm an old gut and I henerally have not been a metal fan for most of my music listening life. However, I tend to give it a try when I read a good review, or two, or six. And I must sy, I like this. Expand
  5. MarliseG
    Mar 19, 2009
    8
    Good album, really good.
  6. Jyotirmayad
    Sep 13, 2008
    7
    I only like this one coz Pitchfork tells me to... but, ah, I dig it when I am tired of listening to all of the indie stuff out there now. Good on you guys! You rock!!! Jyo. Expand
  7. othostice
    Jul 21, 2008
    1
    If there were any doubt that most record reviewers are pretentious twits, the positive, the fact that his album has garnered "universal acclaim" is irrefutable evidence. This CD was playing in a record store (remember those?), and I asked the staff who it was, simply because it was almost transcendent in its execrability (like my criticese?). Props for the band name (the mayor of SF killed by the Twinkie defense guy), but (as I told the store employees), "I need to buy this in case my copies of Lou Reed's METAL MACHINE MUSIC and Neil Young's ARC don't rid my house of guests quickly enough." Even the hipper-than-thou staff laughed and nodded. I'd rather listen to fingernails on a blackboard. Expand

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