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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A spiralling blend of infectious psychedelic pop that froths and fuzzes for a noisy hour. [Jul 2004, p.122]
  4. The Machines have grasped that the zero tolerance of punk for the values of Yes did as much harm as good. [26 Jun 2004, p.56]
  5. 60
    Unfortunately there are only flashes of Curtis breaking free of the overwhelming dominance of their prog tendencies. When used sparingly they are rich and absorbing, but in these instances they lack impact.

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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
    10
    great...all I can say
  2. JenkoF
    Feb 14, 2005
    10
    The album is expertly paced and despite its epic feel sustains its focus throughout -- pretty amazing for a first proper album! Sounds like 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
    10
    What an album! The music reminds me of old "Flaming Lips".
  4. AllyR
    Jun 28, 2004
    9
    It's pretty, it's fast, it's uplifting. Fabby.
  5. ZapMan
    Oct 8, 2005
    9
    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
    8
    Call it Flaming Floyds, or pehaps Pink Zeppelin, for this utterly massive album feels like an unholy union of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and 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
    8
    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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