Pleasure - Pure X
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  • Summary: Formerly known as Pure Ecstasy, Pure X's debut full-length album was recorded live.
  • Record Label: Acephale
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Lo-Fi
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    80
    It's one of the finer conversions of 2011, managing the delicate task of crafting a record that sounds both incomprehensibly universal, deeply personal, and, yes, endlessly listenable.
  2. Dec 19, 2011
    80
    Heavy on atmosphere and hooks alike, Pleasure comes one bounding step closer in the eternal quest to marry refined song craft and ungovernable noise.
  3. 80
    The freshness of these subversions reveal spaces you didn't know were there, and achieve a rare expansion of the vocabulary of music.
  4. Jul 12, 2011
    70
    The lift isn't too high, but the album isn't meant to be a mood elevator. Instead, Pleasure gives you the smoke and confusion that is left when all extrinsic distractions are removed.
  5. Sep 8, 2011
    67
    The cinder and smoke (and mirrors) that coats the rest makes Pleasure seem twice removed, but it's an insular listen, well-suited for personal reverie or a peyote trip at Devil's Waterhole in Inks Lake.
  6. Sep 14, 2011
    60
    They are less successful when they step beyond these templates--the trippy "Surface" doesn't quite come off-- but this is a strong set. [Oct 2011, p.95]
  7. Aug 5, 2011
    40
    The back half of the record in particular is a slog to get through. [Jul 2011, p.97]

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