Love & Distortion - The Stratford 4
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  • Summary: This is the sophomore release for San Francisco's atmospheric noise-pop band led by vocalist Chris Streng, whose previous band shared members with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 84
    There's a chunk of empathy lodged between the many splurges of drool-dripping, volume-blasting guitar wankery. [#5, p.88]
  2. The hour-long Love & Distortion never loses steam; it delivers on its title, and is unique enough to avoid lyrical banality.
  3. No matter how good your new favorite band is, the Stratford 4 are better.
  4. Love & Distortion still finds the Stratford 4 operating as a band with more taste in music than original ideas.
  5. 60
    Draws heavily on such masters of six-string cinematics as The Church, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Spacemen 3. [Apr 2003, p.121]
  6. 60
    Wailing, distorted guitars and jumpy backbeats deliver messages of escape, refuge and, ultimately, sweet hope. [May 2003, p.124]
  7. It seems sloppy, it has some disappointingly one-dimensional album production, and even worse, it lacks the pop sense that The Revolt Against Tired Noises had in spades.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2