Televise - Calla
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  • Summary: This is the third LP for the New York-based noise-rock trio, known for their intense live shows.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
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  1. 90
    If Joy Division were to have formed in the last few years, they might sound similar to Calla.
  2. The results are vintage sounding yet wholly fresh. [Feb 2003, p.98]
  3. 80
    Calla's tension-filled deliberations are similar to the calibrated push-and-pull of SIgur Ros, but not nearly as pristine. [#14, p.133]
  4. These lush arrangements seem content to simply drift by, never truly engaging the listener, and making it difficult to fully appreciate the album if you aren't in the mood to be put under.
  5. But for all of the good things that can be said about the first half of the record, the second half misses the very things that made both of the previous two records such conflicted masterpieces.
  6. Televise is a seductive piece of work and a solid step forward for Calla's songcraft.
  7. 40
    Favours artifice over aptitude. [Apr 2003, p.122]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. minusplus
    Oct 3, 2005
    10
    excellent and unfortunately underrated record...

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