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  • Summary: The Washington D.C band returns as a three piece with its latest album.
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    Old Growth has the primeval, fuzzed-out power of the trio's earlier albums, but with a new clarity and groove. [Mar 2008, p.113]
  2. With cleaner, more refined production quality to boot, Growth is an interesting and fully realized progression.
  3. Stylistically there is a different kind of freedom (there is even a nod to garage rock on ‘The Queen Of All Returns’) that seems less about affectation or indulgence and more about adhering to the spirit of each individual song, making for harder-fought but longer lasting rewards.
  4. lot of people may be upset by the departure from the extraordinary songs that were made in Dead Meadow and Shivering King and Others. I know I was at first. But this is an album about patience, the kind of patience that takes a forest to form.
  5. Nearly everything else on Old Growth consists of middling blues-rock with impressive soloing but negligible heft.
  6. For Dead Meadow this is growth of a kind, and it is certainly a move away from their old sound. Whether this is positive growth or not depends on what you want from the band, but as a soundtrack to getting well and truly caned, you can't go far wrong.
  7. Old Growth blurs mearly into a long yawn. [Mar 2008, p.103]

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