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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. The wildly disparate influences and sensibilities mesh to great effect on this stunning album.
  2. On Naked Self, Johnson hasn't let up one bit. His tongue is as sharp as ever, and his songs show that updating one's style doesn't have to mean dressing in this year's airwave fashions.
  3. NakedSelf once again finds Matt Johnson in his element, tackling issues of alienation, global corruption, and urban squalor and decay with potent, more succinct lyrics and some of his most affecting melodies in ages.
  4. 70
    Gone is the sweeping piano and oozing horns of previous albums. Gone too is the pop sensibility that permeated Dusk, Mind Bomb, Soul Mining, and others. Matt Johnson has never been a pop artist, but he can craft amazing melodies. However, Johnson has hit a new level of menace here, like he's become a subterranean dweller since 1993. It's musically more free form and grittier. This takes some adjustment.
  5. Recorded with a Luddite's zeal- no keyboards, samplers, sequencers - he's... managed to document the clanking claustrophobia of modern life.
  6. There's a refreshing lack of samplers, loops, and unnecessary electronic ephemera here... [s]olid from beginning to end...
  7. NakedSelf finds him returning to the slow-burn industrial grind of his best work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. KyanL
    Dec 22, 2002
    10
    This album is awesome. I loved it the first time I heard it. True The The fans will appreciate this album the most.
  2. MattiasJ.
    Oct 14, 2001
    9
    A great album, from b to the end...a good friend in my car.
  3. EikeS.
    Mar 23, 2002
    9
    Music to lose yourself in and merge with it - a soundtrack to a dream
  4. MisterK
    Aug 25, 2002
    9
    Must be listened to between sunset and sunrise to be fully appreciated. A fresh, intense, melodic experience. This band has unstoppable vitality.
  5. StillCloser
    Nov 12, 2007
    9
    It seems that Matt Johnson was a little bit tired of commercial songs and fall back to his roots. The album is a little hard to grab at a first hearing. Like almost all Matt's albums, it grows up everytime we heard it. It seems the perfect soundtrack for George Orwell's 1984. Expand
  6. theG
    Mar 10, 2002
    3
    Well... at least it's not as bad as "Hanky Panky"....
  7. ScottM.
    Dec 11, 2007
    3
    Melody and harmony are almost completely absent. Some of the lyrics are embarrassing ("Kentucky fried genocide" deserves to be repeated?).

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