Skelliconnection - Chad VanGaalen
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  • Summary: The Canadian musician's follow-up to 'Infiniheart' was once again recorded solo at his home.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Beautiful, thematic, meticulous, revelatory, and challenging.
  2. Despite any bugaboos, he's a plain great songwriter, and Skelliconnection is firmly above average.
  3. 80
    At times reminiscent of Neil Young. [Sep 2006, p.139]
  4. Like his debut, it could use a bit more focus and some editing, but the basement hits feel is part of the charm with VanGaalen.
  5. Skelliconnection feels more like a series of singles and EPs rather than one statement.
  6. Skelliconnection--most of it, at least--suffers from restless legs: Instead of gathering another unassuming set of downer-pop, it kicks, bloops, bleeps, and occasionally charges, dropping back to the mellow moods only when it's otherwise exhausted.
  7. His music could be a good deal better than it is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. LeroyM
    Sep 2, 2006
    10
    good dude
  2. MikeA
    Aug 28, 2006
    8
    VanGaalen's songwriting is not the kind that can be fully digested upon first listen In fact, some of it may jsut be indigetable to some VanGaalen's songwriting is not the kind that can be fully digested upon first listen In fact, some of it may jsut be indigetable to some of us. But there is something very interesting here, something that cannot be easily categorized or dismissed. That, and a natural inclination towards an original hook, gives VanGaalen's music something to hold listeners by, and endear them to it that much more easily. Expand
  3. BobBuilder
    Aug 29, 2006
    3
    Close to being unlistenable. In comparison to the first one it's a total travesty.