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  • Summary: Markus Popp returns with eleven untitled tracks of noise and sounds of skipping CDs. Some people like that.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Unlike previous albums, Ovalcommers wheezes and squirms its way inside.
  2. However difficult is might appear on first hearing, his music is at once curiously involving and constantly inviting. [#209, p.59]
  3. Anyone who saw his performances last summer will immediately recognize the invigorated sound here, somewhere between Merzbow and metal, between liquid and solid. [Aug 2001, p.95]
  4. This is an album packed with abrasive tones of unimaginable density and uncertain origin. Oval shares with Autechre the ability to craft sounds that defy explanation.
  5. 70
    In stark contrast to his previous experiments with computer sound artifacts and process-driven minimal click arias, Commers barrels out with harsh walls of thrashing interference and feedback in track after track. [Aug 2001, p.78]
  6. 70
    By no means a radical album; challenging as it may be, it's a natural extension of earlier work rather than a sudden departure from it. [#51, p.105]
  7. Once you've digested the uneasy listening of the technique itself, there's little in the way of emotional engagement to carry the album.