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  • Summary: Haines has said that his motivation for writing this 30-minute, 10-song concept album about wrestling was his father's recent illness and how it caused him to reflect on childhood memories of watching the sport.
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  1. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    While not the first place to begin en route to a life as a Haines convert, Nine and a Half … assures us long-time fans that he is as masterful a subverter as ever.
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    One of Haines' best efforts, Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early 80s is an album that does much to encourage the here and now as it does to paint an impression of a time long gone.
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    80
    [An] engrossing paean to wrestling's heyday.[Dec. 2011, p.93]
  4. Nov 18, 2011
    80
    Instead of jumping on board the reformation circuit like many of his Nineties contemporaries, Haines has released a concept album about British wrestling. Haines is not mad. He is an artist in the truest sense, and for that he is to be applauded.
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    80
    Some spoken-word sections aside, the music on Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early 80s doesn't shift too far from the kind of vaguely diseased-sounding ballad Haines mastered long ago with the Auteurs, but there's a definite shift in emotional temperature.
  6. 80
    Its low-budget weirdness will have you laughing into the new year.
  7. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    While his lyrics crackle, the music seems like an afterthought. [Dec 2011, p.84]

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  1. Jan 16, 2012
    10
    Fantastic album - the music stylistically is similar to that of his previous album, the tunes are catchy the lyrics are standard luke hainesFantastic album - the music stylistically is similar to that of his previous album, the tunes are catchy the lyrics are standard luke haines (which is a good thing). I highly recommend this album. Collapse