New History Warfare, Vol. 3: To See More Light Image
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  • Summary: The final volume to the saxophonist's New History Warfare series was produced by Ben Frost and features guest vocals Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on four tracks.
  • Record Label: Constellation
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Pop/Rock, Jazz Instrument, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Saxophone Jazz
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 26, 2013
    100
    To See More Light is a masterpiece that organically and coherently blends Stetson's avant-garde playing and dark, complex themes with accessible and compelling compositions that bring a ray of hope not just for the characters in his underlying narrative, but for the future of music.
  2. May 6, 2013
    90
    Stetson very literally breathes life into his instrument, and in turn, like the statue transformed from stone to flesh, his music softens our hardened selves--it reminds us that we were once made, too.
  3. With additional help from fellow musician and frequent collaborator Justin Vernon (whose vocals are the only overdubbed aspect of the music), the songs on To See More Light are as devastatingly personal as they are emphatically otherworldly--inhuman sounding even. This stark dichotomy of sound and intent throws Stetson’s music into austere relief.
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    80
    With New History Warfare, Vol. 3, Stetson explores scorched landscapes and heavenly scenes alike with his stylized playing.
  5. May 21, 2013
    78
    In two albums, the man shatters our conceptions of music--and in the finale of his trilogy, he glues the pieces back together and hands the end product back to us, thereby redefining the word ‘musician’ in a single gesture.
  6. May 29, 2013
    70
    The album is stacked with jaw-dropping moments, underpinned by seismic emotional shifts.
  7. May 13, 2013
    60
    An intriguing collision of the musical outer reaches and American indie rock. [Jun 2013, p.107]

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  1. Jul 8, 2013
    8
    Please don't listen to the brony below, he's sexually attracted to horses and he has friggin' spoiler tags on a musical album. Seriously what the dude?

    Album's pretty dope. Doesn't have quite the eerieness or the stick-in-the-back-of-your-head vocal work of Vol. 2 but instrumentally Stetson is ****ing belting it. The title track is a particular standout, cycles of freestyling chaos that gradually give way to a clanking march of clockwork titans.
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  2. May 16, 2013
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. DO NOT attempt to listen to all three volumes back-to-back in one sitting. I did and now I can't find my way back to reality. Gotta go, the metal bears know where I am. Expand