Siberia - Polvo
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  • Summary: The second release for the North Carolina indie rock band since they reunited in 2007 is its sixth full-length album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    95
    Siberia recaptures the exciting invention and fire of a lost album recorded between Today's Active Lifestyles and Exploded Drawing without a hint of any decade but the one we now sit in, plus whatever is going to musically transpire in the future. [No. 103, p.58]
  2. Oct 7, 2013
    83
    What makes Siberia so great is that it thoroughly succeeds on both counts--proving once again that, for Polvo, all those years out of the game are to be measured not in inspiration lost, but wisdom gained.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    In truth, every twist and turn, every tempo change on Siberia is evidence of the group's unabated thirst for adventure. [Oct 2013, p.55]
  4. 75
    Siberia reaffirms just how brilliant this lot can be.
  5. Oct 17, 2013
    74
    With Siberia, their first effort in four years, they’ve reversed their polarity, finally hardened into simple, elemental rock goodness.
  6. Oct 9, 2013
    70
    Picking up where the foursome left off as if the interval between petering out in 1999 and its 2008 reformation hadn’t happened, Polvo rides an eerie sense of continuity that ties Siberia to its bursts of creativity in the ‘90s, with the band still taking seemingly incongruous factors like detuned guitars, Asian-influenced instrumentation, and out-of-step rhythms yet somehow striking on a formula where everything all adds up, now as then.
  7. Oct 1, 2013
    60
    With so many of its songs employing fade-outs, Siberia also has this palpably unplanned feeling, which doesn't always pay off.

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  1. Oct 12, 2013
    9
    I never thought I would be overjoyed celebrating a Polvo album as confident, relaxed, and mature until I heard "Siberia". I was one of the many underground rock guitar fans high on the addictive adrenaline rushes and breakneck stops and starts of Polvo's best albums (Today's Active Lifestyles/Celebrate the New Dark Age/Exploded Drawing) and thought their best days were past when the original drummer left and sound moved into "Shapes" while not as exhilarating, still offered many surprises, a solid album. The band took ten years off for 'real' life and returned to great life performances and a promising resurrection with "In Prism" that depicted a band beginning to re-arrange the holy puzzle pieces of a revered history into something else something becoming...which has now shown itself to be the next chapter in "Siberia" an always fascinating, beautifully unpredictable guitar album to satisfy the faithful and perhaps inspire the curious to give this singularly brilliant band a choice listen. Not a weak song in the set, "Siberia" matches the band's previous efforts, and trumps them even, in being an approachable adventure still woozy on mystery and shadowy surprises as only the impressionistic guitar theatrics of Polvo can promise and deliver. "Siberia" may be Polvo's most unexpected masterpiece, but a masterpiece it is, stretching far beyond the earthly confines of the math rock label they were never meant to bear, as their sound proves far to soulful to be calculating and science for science's sake, It's sound as beauty and always revelatory in its wonderous new guitar frontiers. Expand