One Track Mind - Psychic Ills
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  • Summary: The fourth release for the New York experimental rock band includes produced by Royal Trux’s Neil Hagerty.
  • Record Label: Sacred Bones
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    Fans of early Beck, Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 50 will love it. [Apr 2013, p.109]
  2. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    These songs stick in your head in a way that 15-minute guitar jams never do, while still maintaining a bit of hoary mystery at their core.
  3. Feb 26, 2013
    80
    Ten years into their career, Psychic Ills have tamed themselves, refining into a form, but the result remains a hypnotic set of songs that consistently achieve an introspective and cerebral kind of psychedelia.
  4. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    The washy blend of acoustic dirges, blown-out guitar tones, and lonely psychedelic character sketches solidify into an increasingly accessible sound from this once ungrounded act, without losing any of the group's character or inspiration.
  5. Feb 19, 2013
    70
    It's as if the Brian Jonestown Massacre hired J Mascis to write its material, solid songcraft disguised as stoned slack.
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    60
    While there is a satisfying absence of polish, there is a feeling of substantial professionalism to the whole of One Track Mind.
  7. Apr 24, 2013
    50
    This particular experiment has left a formerly unpredictable group sounding as though they've been replaced by a bunch of tired retromaniacs. [Apr 2013, p.61]

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  1. Mar 12, 2013
    6
    Repetition, repetition, repetition' is a phrase Mark E. Smith used to describe The Fall’s music once. The Fall used it to great effect in hammering home post-punk scattery riffs, and as is described in Simon Reynolds' excellent book on post-punk, ‘raw music with weird vocals on top'. This was a reaction to all the ‘fancy music’ of the time i.e prog rock. Read more at http://www.therealmusic.net/one-track-mind-2013 Expand