Since We've Become Translucent Image
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  • Summary: This is the eighth release from the nearly 15-year-old Seattle band, and it features new instrumentation (a horn section) and a new bass player (Guy Maddison, replacing departed founding member Matt Lukin).
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Since We've Become Translucent does an almost unimaginably good job of adding heft, weight and, god I hate to say it, maturity to the garage idiom.
  2. A consistently heady and visceral shot of classic Mudhoney: angry, fuzzy guitars, propulsive rhythms, and sarcastically-jaded lyrics.
  3. 80
    Among their best. [Sep 2002, p.104]
  4. The problem with Since We’ve Become Translucent is that it doesn’t measure up to the standards Mudhoney set with the undeniable gripping music they produced in their heyday.
  5. The band sounds as dense and murky as ever, although it has added a few free-jazz strokes on some tracks.
  6. 60
    They resemble a Seattle version of Iggy and the Stooges. [#9, p.152]
  7. This is the sound of Grunge Past, raised from the dead to parade its rigor-mortised corpse around for a few moments before returning to the grave. And it's kinda fun, but hardly bears a second listen.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Thom
    Jun 22, 2005
    10
    A true masterpiece. The sound of rock n roll mixed with jazz and punk forms the basis of the album, a true "Sonic Infusion" of sound reaching A true masterpiece. The sound of rock n roll mixed with jazz and punk forms the basis of the album, a true "Sonic Infusion" of sound reaching from the highest of pop song to the lowest of dirge. Expand
  2. fuzzrite
    Aug 24, 2002
    10
    "When you lash out against society / And find yourself in penitentiary / And your cellmate says, 'You belong to me' / You gotta "When you lash out against society / And find yourself in penitentiary / And your cellmate says, 'You belong to me' / You gotta take it like a man" Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Aug 24, 2002
    8
    The Pitchfork review, like usual, is totally off. Skip track one (we agree on that) and crank the volume: this record is the shit. It's The Pitchfork review, like usual, is totally off. Skip track one (we agree on that) and crank the volume: this record is the shit. It's a throwback to Mudhoney's glory days, but the MC5/Stooges/Sonics vibe has never been stronger. Hell Wayne Kramer even plays bass on one song. And Arm's lyrics are great. A true return to form for a once-great band. Collapse
  4. paulg
    Nov 17, 2002
    3
    they haven't released a good album since piece of cake. reverting back to sub po records, i had hope.think again. this album is boring. they haven't released a good album since piece of cake. reverting back to sub po records, i had hope.think again. this album is boring. these guys are all washed up. if you're looking for some real rock, pick up gluecifers' new album 'basement apes'. that's what it's all about. Expand