Pyramid of the Sun

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  • Artist(s): Matt Cherry
  • Summary: The fourth album for the rock band was its final one with drummer Jerry Fuchs, who passed away just prior to the release date.
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  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Mar 2, 2011
    The pleasure of Pyramid comes from hearing the whole thrive on elegant friction among the parts. One of its makers is gone now, but he'd have plenty of reason to be proud.
  2. Pyramid of the Sun not only remedies the sporadic deficiencies of Inventions for the New Season, it does proud the legacies of Jerry Fuchs and Manuel Gottsching; it also serves as both a challenge and heuristic experience for the alarmingly proliferating post-rock contingent.
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    Although its completed form has been framed as the most explicit tribute to Fuchs on the album, it is the furthest thing from somber, rocking an insistent downstroke bass part and a series of statement-making, sunsoaked guitar parts.
  4. 63
    Pyramid lacks the spark a document of this importance deserves.
  5. Mar 2, 2011
    The songs on Pyramid serve admirably as precise and severe mood pieces; they are great for rocking out to while one devotes half a mind to something else.
  6. Mar 2, 2011
    A straight play, from start to end, the album thrives on the hypnotic rhythmic drive of Krautrockers like Neu!, with bulky synth riffs that make many of the songs sound like the intro to Van Halen's version of "Dancing in the Streets," or Jan Hammer's "Theme from Miami Vice," only beefed up, elongated, and entangled in guitar delays.
  7. Mar 2, 2011
    Despite their brevity, the songs are repetitive, wanky and almost impossible to differentiate. They make you yearn for the days before genre cross-pollination.

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