Tentacles - Crystal Antlers
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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. 80
    Crucially, it always feels as if Crystal Antlers are having a blast, continually cold-shouldering the obvious and pushing each other to the limits of their musicianship and beyond. [May 2009, p.87]
  3. A check-your-pants rollercoaster, Tentacles isn't a critique of the times by any stretch of the imagination but it captures the feeling, the mood and the sheer abject terror.
  4. It’s safe to say Crystal Antlers have struck the iron while it’s hot, and while there’s no one else out there who sounds even remotely like them.
  5. After their initial shock, fans will appreciate developments. [Spring 2009, p.65]
  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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