Surgery - The Warlocks
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  • Summary: The L.A. psych-rock band's third disc was produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 90
    It all adds up to the effect of watching American Graffiti while plugged into a morphine drip. [Jul/Aug 2005, p.105]
  2. 'Surgery' isn't the unlistenable, depression-fest it's lyrical content threatens it to be. Instead, it's heartfelt message combined with the monstrous sound behind it make it one of the most curiously uplifting records of the year.
  3. 80
    Surgery won't catapult the group into the realm of all-time greats, but it's certainly a move in the right direction. [Sep 2005, p.92]
  4. Occasionally snoozy but always intoxicating.
  5. Somehow, the Warlocks have found the middle ground between the Raveonettes' Wall of Soundesque attack and the Flaming Lips' oddball fixation on love, death and outer space.
  6. No matter how hooky things get, the Warlocks tend to bury each song in the same multi-layered haze of feedback and distortion, as if sheer decibels are the sole element holding everything together.
  7. A mopey bunch of trite sap O.D.-type tales almost as unstomachable as the band's former crapothecary hymns.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. mattg
    Sep 29, 2005
    9
    could be best of the year. can't wait to see them live!
  2. builttokill
    Oct 14, 2005
    9
    I'm sorry. Did I miss something? I would just like to know what radio station would play any of these songs besides maybe one or two DJs I'm sorry. Did I miss something? I would just like to know what radio station would play any of these songs besides maybe one or two DJs that happen to come across them. If I could give this album a 9.9 I would. It really makes me laugh when music critics listen to albums once that should be listened to at least 5 times before writing a review as this one should. It doesn't matter if this album is original or not. This is the most dense, artistic album i've heard in maybe a year. Expand
  3. brian
    Nov 2, 2005
    9
    Pitchfork...as relative these days as...the Animal Collective...overeducated white kids and their fear of primal impulses
  4. DougR
    Sep 4, 2005
    8
    While maybe not being the most original band in the world, the Warlocks write some of the best tunes out there. If you're looking for While maybe not being the most original band in the world, the Warlocks write some of the best tunes out there. If you're looking for originality and a little less accessibility so you can label yourself one of "the elite" then look towards the Animal Collective. If you want solid songwriting with a dark edge to it than give the Warlocks a shot. Expand
  5. nickP
    Sep 7, 2005
    3
    Im going to have to agree with the other reviewer. This is the worst case of Style over substance. This band is more about striking poses and Im going to have to agree with the other reviewer. This is the worst case of Style over substance. This band is more about striking poses and being fashionable than making great music. Expand
  6. RadCompanyDotNet
    Oct 27, 2005
    2
    What has seven brains and not one original idea? The Warlocks. I'm calling bullsh!t on these rock and roll posuers. The only people this What has seven brains and not one original idea? The Warlocks. I'm calling bullsh!t on these rock and roll posuers. The only people this might impress is listeners who have yet to discover their influences. Even beyond the mockery, the songwriting and performance is limp. Strip away the haze of the imagery and haze and your left with a bunch of a$$holes. Expand
  7. DeathCharon
    Aug 31, 2005
    0
    This is everything that is wrong with rock and roll. The Warlocks may never reach the heights of radio-propulsed superstardom, but they are This is everything that is wrong with rock and roll. The Warlocks may never reach the heights of radio-propulsed superstardom, but they are certainly shooting for the stars by climbing on the backs of every dead "underground" rock'n'roll cliche that ever existed. By way of booze, smooze, and ruse, they landed a deal on the otherwise trustworthy Mute label. The used their magic to teleport back in time and rip-off all their favorite bands. In order to do so without being exposed, they had to dress themselves like cool people back in good ol' rock and roll days. Expand

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