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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. A consistently heady and visceral shot of classic Mudhoney: angry, fuzzy guitars, propulsive rhythms, and sarcastically-jaded lyrics.
  2. 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.
  3. Since We've Become Translucent isn't always the Mudhoney you remembered, but the album clearly carries the stamp of the band's personality, and shows the group can still rock out while pulling a few new tricks from its collective sleeve.
  4. 60
    They resemble a Seattle version of Iggy and the Stooges. [#9, p.152]
  5. Only one or two tracks capture that combination of venom, wit and old-time Northwest angst that made Mudhoney one of the grunge movement's standouts. [Oct 2002, p.88]
  6. 60
    Their mischievousness is still palpable, but it's shot through with purpose, gumption and spectacular riff-raunch action. [Sep 2002, p.114]
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Thom
    Jun 22, 2005
    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. Collapse
  2. fuzzrite
    Aug 24, 2002
    "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
    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. Expand
  4. paulg
    Nov 17, 2002
    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