Song Of The Pearl - Arbouretum
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  • Summary: The David Heumann-led band releases its latest album.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. The band layers on fuzzy distortion through chugging chord progressions, sounding something like Nirvana fronted by John Fogerty. [Spring 2009, p.76]
  2. 80
    The ebb and flow of Arbouretum's music, still rooted in folk but flaring into twin-guitar noise-rock, is often astounding. [Apr 2009, p.90]
  3. 80
    Benefiting from a stable line-up throughout, Song of the Pearl manages to sound brighter and more dynamic while retaining its predecessor's visionary essence. [Apr 2009, p.107]
  4. While it might not be as interesting or idiosyncratic as its predecessor, "Rites of Uncovering," it is a more-cohesive record that, in turn, makes for more a more-satisfying whole.
  5. It has a denser, more cohesive sound, more defined rhythms and richer arrangements--and yet lacks some of the subterranean pull of its predecessor.
  6. Song of the Pearl marks a nice transition for these guys, but it ends up sounding like it could have been more.
  7. Song of the Pearl, then, is well-executed, but stuck in the same gear, especially in its middle.

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  1. sergim
    Apr 1, 2009
    9
    Arbouretum has that old sound without sounding old fashioned. The music is loud and elegant. It gets better with every listen. "Another Arbouretum has that old sound without sounding old fashioned. The music is loud and elegant. It gets better with every listen. "Another hiding place" and "False spring" are really addictive. For fans of last psych sixties and early seventies rock and also for indie fans loooking for a harder sound and warm at the same time. No one band sounds like this nowadays. The singer, Dave Heuman has something very few singers has: soul. Expand