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  • Summary: All Night Radio is the latest (and most psychedelic) incarnation for Beachwood Sparks' Dave Scher and Jimi Hey.
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  1. Think the Polyphonic Spree, minus the robes and choir theatrics. [27 Feb 2004, p.98]
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    Old skool studio wizardry abounds. [Mar 2004, p.107]
  3. "Spirit Stereo Frequency" unburies the dark side of this wistfulness by scrambling it with deep bouts of psychedelia and ghostly falsetto croons. The result is a debut that captures the vicissitudes of the past with greater authenticity and interesting sonic flair.
  4. Spirit Stereo Frequency is an entirely mature album that is not afraid to have fun.
  5. Jacked up on myriad assembly-line noises, mechanical tinkerings, and golden acoustic guitar strumming, they manage their melodies with a deftness that keeps them loose and limber in the quiet assault of the underlying density.
  6. Listening to Spirit Stereo Frequency is like driving through an area of broadcast clutter and getting simultaneous sonic bleed from three or four stations, at least two of which are playing The Shins.
  7. A lot of the material sounds incomplete, as Scher and Hey have a habit of backing off just when a song sounds like its coming together.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. GashlyS
    Mar 8, 2004
    10
    A modern classic that will take some time for the masses to accept.
  2. StuB
    Mar 8, 2004
    10
    Needs work, but super dope!!
  3. LindaSP
    Mar 8, 2004
    9
    Adventuresome!
  4. markf
    Apr 28, 2004
    8
    It's as if the most psychedelic parts of The Beatles, The Byrds and Pink Floyd got interpreted through the sensibilities of The It's as if the most psychedelic parts of The Beatles, The Byrds and Pink Floyd got interpreted through the sensibilities of The Avalanches. This seems more forward-sounding than Beachwood Sparks, which I enjoy. I'm sure I've missed something, but to my ears, "Fall Down 7" is so unique that it basically left me speechless. There are some "straight" songs but they don't seem quite as interesting as the rest of the long, strange trip. Collapse