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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 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 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
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. It's a weird blend of power-driven grunge and melancholy: a fever dream that sweats out weary sadcore as it primitively pounds out acid rock drudge.
  2. It has a denser, more cohesive sound, more defined rhythms and richer arrangements--and yet lacks some of the subterranean pull of its predecessor.
  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]