Some Sweet Relief - Speck Mountain
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  • Summary: The second album for the rock band headed by Marie-Claire Balabanian and Karl Briedrick.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. While Briedrick produces artful, not too noisy drones through vintage analog gear, Balabanian’s vocals have a distinctly soulful quality.
  2. Never straying far thereafter, it all makes for a heavily addictive, comfortably numbing kind of experience. [Jul 2009, p.131]
  3. For those raised on dream pop bands and space rock songs, Some Sweet Relief sounds somewhat timeless, a 40-minute offering of neo-psych gospel that's more polished, more promising, and altogether stronger than most of the band's contemporaries.
  4. Speck Mountain still have some distance to travel before they fill an album with such moments, so that whenever you hear their music, you think of them first rather than their influences. But this is only their second full-length, and it's a solid step in that direction.
  5. 60
    Develop the creepy incantations into songs and they might really grab some shirtfronts. [Jul 2009, p.107]
  6. Speck Mountain might have a great album in them; this one isn’t bad. But I hope that some day they get over themselves and really get down.
  7. While there are resemblances Spiritualized, what should be a slow burning record, white hot in its intensity, is laid to rest sounding rather limp and uninspired.

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