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  • Summary: Featuring former members of Spiritualized (who were fired by Jason Pierce before the recording sessions for 'Let It Come Down'), Lupine Howl offers up nine tracks on this debut album, including previously-released singles "Vaporizer" and "125."
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  1. Alternative Press
    Redolent of the sound of Spiritualized's Pure Phase. [Nov 2001, p.94]
  2. Imagine, if you will, The Creation, 13th Floor Elevators and Bruce Haack allowed to run wild in Abbey Road studios for two weeks, and you’ll have an insight into the Howl’s sound.
  3. Shredding Paper
    Mix equal parts Northern Soul-era Verve with the expansive psychedelia of Spiritualized and you've pretty much nailed it. [#11]
  4. Lacking Pierce's unifying vision, The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of ... tries hard to make a virtue out of stylistic schizophrenia, and only partly succeeds.
  5. Lupine Howl essentially take the bluesiest moments of past Spiritualized records and use them as the starting point for their sound, placing the emphasis on gritty rock rave-ups, and adding another Marshall to the stack for every orchestra member Pierce hired for Let It Come Down.
  6. Unfortunately, Lupine Howl's debut long-player errs on the side of the canine, wolvish thrills hidden behind some positively vegetarian noodling.
  7. Lupine Howl does give the band more freedom than they previously had, as they embrace electronic effects, synthesizers, neo-psychedelic guitar riffs, and Cook's trademark harmonica. It doesn't always result in quality songwriting, however, and that will make it more laborious to avoid the "ex-members" tag.
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