Love And Distance - The Helio Sequence
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  • Summary: The Portland, Ore. duo of Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel are back with their third album, and first for Sub Pop.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. 90
    Not only essential, Love And Distance is like nothing you've heard this year. [#64, p.95]
  2. 83
    If you're going to crossbreed Built To Spill and the Flaming Lips, then you might as well have fun doing it. [Jul 2004, p.110]
  3. The Helio Sequence have a glorious oversize, and overstuffed, sound. [23 Jul 2004, p.78]
  4. For all of its pleasantness, however, Love and Distance is not a package that comes without a few significant pitfalls.
  5. The album is so full of sound crashing, harmonizing and exploding it's like watching an epileptic lose it in a room filled with strobe lights. [#7]
  6. With more room to breathe, the textured synthesizers come to the fore, and it is their melodic decoration that ultimately provides the saving grace. But without the electronic textures, Love and Distance is just Bryan Adams with a hip producer and a great drummer.
  7. 40
    Repeated plays reveal a frustrating lack of memorable songs. [Nov 2004, p.102]

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  1. scott
    Jul 22, 2005
    8
    Love and Distance, while not the best demonstration of song-writing in a traditional sense, is great for one simple reason--it is fresh. Combining the "flickering" synth sounds of Postal service with affected harmonica and verby guitars. Most of the songs are strong but it is difficult to find a true "hit" on the album. The songs are optimistic and even the slower tempo tracks have a succint vitality. Love and Distance deserves a listen by everyone because one thing is certain: you're not going to hear anything just like it anywhere. Expand