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  • Summary: The Bristol duo are a throwback to the psychedelic ‘60s, making noisy and experimental music with roots in garage rock.
  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    91
    These songs are their most focused and enjoyable yet, and proof that while Malachai can travel anywhere it wants stylistically, you can't take the Bristol out of the band.
  2. Mar 1, 2011
    80
    Bristol duo mix up hugely potent psychedelic brew. [March 2011, p. 109]
  3. 80
    Much of what makes Return to the Ugly Side a success is its sincerity to the duo's source material.
  4. Feb 23, 2011
    70
    Malachai remain a fascinating, worthwhile, and essentially unique proposition, and there's still plenty to enjoy, for fans and newcomers alike, even in this somewhat diminished Return.
  5. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    The duo is quite adept at keeping the dopey momentum going, but without a respite or a break in the haze, Return To The Ugly Side is often impenetrable. But that's kind of cool--a half-hour album that stretches out (or drags on) to feel like far longer.
  6. Mar 1, 2011
    70
    The best thing about Malachai is that they're delightfully odd.
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    56
    Not as good as their first.

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