Skelliconnection - Chad VanGaalen

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Beautiful, thematic, meticulous, revelatory, and challenging.
  2. 80
    At times reminiscent of Neil Young. [Sep 2006, p.139]
  3. Despite any bugaboos, he's a plain great songwriter, and Skelliconnection is firmly above average.
  4. Like Infiniheart, Skelliconnection is undermined by seemingly random sequencing, still feeling more like a hodgepodge compilation than an album with a purposeful arc... But Skelliconnection still stands as an impressive document of VanGaalen's intuitive and inventive songwriting.
  5. VanGaalen proves beyond doubt that he is perfectly capable of rocking out as much as any four-piece group without losing any of the intimacy and creativity established on his first album. [Summer 2006]
  6. Skelliconnection feels more like a series of singles and EPs rather than one statement.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. VanGaalen's a skilled musician, and compositionally the pieces are well-constructed, but there's nothing on the record that truly blows you away.
  10. There's not much to any given song on the album to distinguish it from its obvious sub-genre counterparts.
  11. His music could be a good deal better than it is.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User 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
    good dude
  2. BobBuilder
    Aug 29, 2006
    Close to being unlistenable. In comparison to the first one it's a total travesty.
  3. MikeA
    Aug 28, 2006
    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. Full Review »