Now Here Is Nowhere - Secret Machines
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  • Summary: This is the full-length debut for the Dallas, TX trio of brothers Benjamin and Brandon Curtis and Josh Garza.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Riveting from beginning to end, Now Here Is Nowhere is a delightful record filled with memorable and often astonishing songs, showcasing a young band that has set the foundation for one exciting future.
  2. The Secret Machines create songs that are just as spacey and concept-heavy, if not quite as quirky, as those on Yoshimi and The Sophtware Slump.
  3. Garza’s assault on the skins, much tighter than any Bonham comparisons could possibly describe, gives the album much of its strength and character. The rest can be attributed to creative, post-modern lyrics.
  4. They are also the rare psychedelic band who keep to the point -- there are no digressions into noodly space jams to obscure the way.
  5. Now Here Is Nowhere stands as a very good album, delivering on most of September 000’s promises and proving that music not only existed in the early and mid 70s, but it rocked too.
  6. Unwieldy psychedelic dinosaurs like "First Wave Intact" and the title track hint that they're looking to become the new gods of bong-powered thunder -- but then they drop a bomb like the sleek, urbanely scoffing "Road Leads Where It's Led" and instantly re-cast themselves as black-clad top forty gatecrashers looking for a fast ticket to fortune and fame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. zachm
    Jan 21, 2006
    great...all I can say
  2. JenkoF
    Feb 14, 2005
    The album is expertly paced and despite its epic feel sustains its focus throughout -- pretty amazing for a first proper album! Sounds like an 8 on first listen, but your ears eventually unlock the less immediate tracks (like You Are Chains). Expand
  3. BobbyG
    Jun 14, 2005
    What an album! The music reminds me of old "Flaming Lips".
  4. AllyR
    Jun 28, 2004
    It's pretty, it's fast, it's uplifting. Fabby.
  5. ZapMan
    Oct 8, 2005
    Very intense and tight record and it should be listened with headphones. Best rock record of 2004. I just love it.
  6. Josh.
    May 18, 2004
    Call it Flaming Floyds, or pehaps Pink Zeppelin, for this utterly massive album feels like an unholy union of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Flaming Lips. If that sounds huge and intriguing, it is: solos, strings, and massive drumming galore are the order of the day here and it's all stunningly executed and dynamic. There's nothing here that hasn't been done a million times before, but when the results of hero worship fusion are this technically impressive - and just plain entertaining - it's hard to complain. Highlight: the searing "Sad and Lonely". Highly recommended. Bong optional. Expand
  7. EIsq
    Jul 4, 2004
    a high 8, its got some filler but the stand out tracks are to standy and outy and tracky not to be worthy of an 80

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