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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