One Track Mind - Psychic Ills
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    Vocals by Tres Warren sneer and paces stumble. While appealing in small doses, we’ve all heard this long before from Lou Reed.
  3. Feb 19, 2013
    60
    Considering the band's taste for zoning out to infinity, One Track Mind really needed a harsher edit. With some tightening and pruning, it could have burst into bloom.
  4. Mar 29, 2013
    70
    "FBI" sounds like a comatose disco track being sung in a toilet, but the default position is a weirdly bluesy take on Krautrock. [May 2013, p.75]
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    Fans of early Beck, Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 50 will love it. [Apr 2013, p.109]
  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. 60
    Psychic Ills continue to produce music that succeeds by repetition, a trick that can’t hold up for everyone or in every situation.
  8. 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.
  9. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    The Brooklyn trio’s fourth finds itself cozy in the vein of its predecessor, Hazed Dream.
  10. 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    This particular experiment has left a formerly unpredictable group sounding as though they've been replaced by a bunch of tired retromaniacs.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]
  11. 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.
  12. One Track Mind aims for the feel of a great dusty road-trip album, and only through its staggering consistency does it slightly fall short of such heights. But when it hits its highs, as if often does, the collection is a transcendent experience.
  13. 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.
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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 inRepetition, 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 Full Review »