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  • Summary: This debut album from the Norwegian shoegaze six-piece marks the inaugural release by the new record label from UK website Playlouder. Sufjan Stevens guests.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. One of the few albums that deserves its Pitchfork-generated hype. [Jul 2006, p.204]
  2. By marrying the subtle ethereality of bands like MBV with the swashbuckling pomp of a modern-day Iggy, they are a band at once single-minded and confused.
  3. Sure, this speaker-frying style has been done before, but rarely with such confidence. [12 May 2006, p.83]
  4. 80
    The group maintains its own modern, unique sound while capturing and reimagining the familiar. [May 2006, p.95]
  5. Serena-Maneesh sounds like the kind of record many bands spend their entire careers trying to create.
  6. The Oslo five-piece flirt with overindulging their feedback fetish... but avoid wankery by reining in the songs just before boredom sets in.
  7. 40
    There are interesting moments... but too often they're smothered in a formless buzz of guitar, samples, voilin, harmonica--you name it. [Jul 2006, p.87]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. thedude
    Jul 1, 2006
    10
    I love the album, I love teir kin'da punk^^
  2. anaximandert
    Jul 10, 2006
    10
    Great!!!!
  3. MihaiV
    Aug 17, 2006
    10
    Excellent. Very close to a masterpiece. It's true that classifying it as shoegaze is debateable. It's so much more.
  4. Spookrijder
    Jun 15, 2006
    9
    We don't have to wait anymore that My Bloody Valentine finally comes back, Serena-Maneesh made it and transcend the genre. And still it We don't have to wait anymore that My Bloody Valentine finally comes back, Serena-Maneesh made it and transcend the genre. And still it looks like everything coming from Norway is just brilliant, think about Supersilent, Hanne Hukkelberg, SPUNK, Fe-mail, Anja Garbarek, Jaga Jazzist, The Shining, Noxagt and so on. Expand
  5. Garrett
    Sep 8, 2006
    8
    Sounds like more upbeat, energetic MBV. I like this album a lot, it's not amazing but it's definitely good :D
  6. antoniop
    Jun 23, 2006
    7
    It's a very good album, but the shadow of My bloody valentine and Spiritualized it is too much evident.
  7. AbdulaS
    Jun 30, 2006
    1
    This is a album that is overated!To much "oh, where so special" effects and crap...buu!

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