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  • Band members: Stephanie Bailey, Christian Bland, Alex Maas, Kyle Hunt
  • Summary: The Austin rock band that gained mainstream exposure on the UNKLE song With You in My Head featured in the film "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," releases its third album on new label Blue Horizon.
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  1. Rock album of the year, if anyone's counting.
  2. Phosphene Dream is not a release to sing along to so much as lie helpless with whilst narratives spawn and play out in your imagination, invariably twisted and terrifying but always interesting. Psychological trauma might not necessarily be what you what you want from an album, but at least it provokes a response.
  3. A recent appearance on Late Show with David Letterman saw the band add an extra minute of soaring harmonies, leading to a satisfying end. It's a minor gripe, especially when Phosphene Dream is such a delight; but the addition of this finish on the album version of the song might have just about made it perfect.
  4. It's not all zonked heaviness: There are smartly layered riffs and echo-slathered melodies.
  5. 70
    Sorta silly lyrics like "Rollin' fast down I-35/Supersonic overdrive" indicate the road that Phosphene Dream navigates: It's all blacktop stretching through reverberating vistas--ultracool if a little predictable.
  6. Everything from the production to the songwriting seems aimed to evoke the 60s, and the album would probably sound killer on a good turntable.
  7. Phosphene Dream's real achievement is that it takes the band's earlier murderous attitude and makes it impossibly bland.

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  1. Mar 23, 2012
    9
    Legit throwback to oldies, especially The Doors. It is an album you'll love to dance to, feel EVERY sound, and appreciate every lyric. MaybeLegit throwback to oldies, especially The Doors. It is an album you'll love to dance to, feel EVERY sound, and appreciate every lyric. Maybe The Black Angels most addictive album. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2010
    8
    Dark and Brooding with underlying harmonic rifts. This album is with out a doubt, a new favorite of mine.
  3. Dec 24, 2011
    7
    If you miss Jim Morrison...well, he's back. No I mean this band sounds exactly like The Doors, especially in their debut (they lose thisIf you miss Jim Morrison...well, he's back. No I mean this band sounds exactly like The Doors, especially in their debut (they lose this similarity with this album). They approach more of a 13th Floor Elevators influenced type of band appeal, which is pretty cool. What i like about them is that they aren't approaching the whole neo-psychedelia phase the same way everyone else is. I'm Pretty sure they got their name from the Velvet Underground song, and also because the Black angels have a track called Sunday Afternoon (maybe a sequel to Sunday Morning?) Expand