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  • Summary: The debut full-length for the indie-rock band from Long Beach, California.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. At times, the band outdoes itself even by its own standards.
  2. The white-knuckle ride of Tentacles, Andrew's fried blues and the rainbow of styles in Your Spears see Crystal Antlers bucking the trend--not just rioting but inspiring, living up to their impressive promise.
  3. A debut that largely lives up to all the surrounding hype championing the group as one of the hottest new indie up-and-comers.
  4. After their initial shock, fans will appreciate developments. [Spring 2009, p.65]
  5. It's unclear what frontman Jonny Bell is caterwauling about, but it scarcely matters. The vocals are just another sound bubbling up through the thick sonic stew.
  6. For their first lengthy introduction, they seem to have lost some verve. It’s a frustrating representation of what a tightrope their sort of exorcism music is.
  7. Tentacles’ more focused psych punk feels formulaic, underdeveloped and disappointing.

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