Some Sweet Relief

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. It is a one-trick album and they spunk away their best song, the incantatory ‘Shame On The Soul’, right at the start, but the aforementioned trick is, at least, an affecting, and very occasionally gorgeous, one.
  2. Mojo
    60
    Develop the creepy incantations into songs and they might really grab some shirtfronts. [Jul 2009, p.107]
  3. Some Sweet Relief’s beauty starts to wear kind of thin on repeated listening.
  4. Some Sweet Relief is adrift in a sea of despondency, Balabanian's drawling vocals listless with discontent, the repetitive guitar lines striving for a Spiritualized-style hypnotism, but languishing instead in monotony.
  5. 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.
  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.

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