S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor

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  • Summary: The Norwegian band recorded some of this second full-length album in a cave.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The sound is pretty awe-inspiring, with huge molten streams of guitars, thundering drums, swirling voices, and all sorts of keyboards, sound effects, and stray noises combining together into a great, layered wall of sound that rivals My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless in terms of sonic construction.
  2. Uncut
    This is a brief--a mere eight tracks, just under 40 minutes--but incredibly intense wall of sound. [Apr 2010, p.92]
  3. Make your way past the defensive drone it puts up and you will be rewarded with warm, welcoming fuzz.
  4. As on that album ["Loveless"], the songs feel like they're whirling so far into the stratosphere that they might fly apart any second.
  5. Abyss isn't a failure--their audacity to upend themselves, contriving each and every step of the way with an expansive sound that masks away the more attention-grabbing arrangements is worthy. Props to them for sounding like everyone else and no one else at the same time.
  6. Q Magazine
    Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine is still their touchstone, with dreamy vocals almost obliterated beneath washes of distoortion on "I Just Want To See Your face" and "Reprobate!," but they also thorw curveballs. [Apr 2010, p.119]
  7. At 37 minutes, it feels too short to be epic, at least on the level that Serena-Maneesh is shooting for. It also lacks catchy, listenable songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BrianW
    Apr 13, 2010
    I love the new album much more than the 'debut', but to be fair, aside from a handful of questionable rhetoric, the main criticisms I love the new album much more than the 'debut', but to be fair, aside from a handful of questionable rhetoric, the main criticisms for the album are actually quite well-grounded. The review quotation from No Ripcord sums it up very well. So does the one from musicOMH. What Tiny Mix Tapes pointed as lackluster songwriting was, well, when you trying to confront cloying and belligerent excess head to head, what you get is a malformed, clamorous mess. I just happen to enjoy they way they pull it off. But the rampant comparison to Loveless got a bit out of hand; have you ever heard of Medicine by the way? And the Pitchfork complaint and the end of their review was exactly my problem with Loveless. Ok I'll stop here WHO GIVES A **** right? Expand